On-the-job training critical to present-day education

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Education cannot take place in a vacuum, and the knowledge and skills acquired through it cannot be independent of the jobs that one can reasonably expect to be out there when the studying is done. Practical education must create lateral and creative thinkers who are culturally sensitive and who can integrate information, knowledge and experience.

In this day and age, education is a requirement for success. Gone are the days when informal apprenticeship programmes were the route of choice for school-leavers.

At the very least, the pursuit of a certification programme is the popular target. What does this mean in a rapidly developing country like Malaysia? Put simply, such countries experience overcrowding in public universities and a burgeoning of the private education industry, where supply easily evolves to meet demand.

The truth is that education must conform to the reality of the business sphere.


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