Technical Education

Technical education means the academic and vocational training of students for jobs involving applied sciences and modern technology. It focuses not on higher learning, but on technical skills necessary for jobs. Normally, the average students go for technical education, because they want to learn the application of some basic principles of mathematics, science, and Engineering. The internet and the dot.com boom have introduced a stunning range of skills to the scope of technical education.

 

Technical education targets average-class students, especially those who are not excellent in the field of education. Sometimes, people who are not financially rich send their children to technical institutes because they are less expensive and less time consuming than universities. Another attraction of technical education is its promise of jobs right after the education. People having technical degrees are normally known as technicians.

 

Technical occupations are vital in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, business administration, information technology, data processing, education, environmental and resource management, graphic arts and designing, and health and medicine. There are different institutes of technical education all over Pakistan. Many boys and girls seek admission to technical institutes, because the students want to get job immediately after the completion of their degree. They want to support their families financially at a young age. If they get admission to a university, they will have to study for five or six years to attain a marketable knowledge in a profession. It is too hard for a student with average resources, both financial and mental. Technical training comes in handy for such students to enter the job market.

 

The advantages of technical education are manifold. Firstly, it is less time consuming. Most programs are two or three years long. There are even a number of short courses giving the learners basic orientation in some application. They might be as short as six weeks. Another advantage is its affordability. Not all students can afford university education. Opportunities for technical and job-orientated training is, therefore, are necessary for economic growth of Pakistan.

 

The government has launched several initiatives for vocational and technical training of boys and girls. Some of them are public-sector institutes. Some operate in partnership with the private sector. Some non-profit organizations have also launched some training programs with the sponsorship of national and international donors.

 

All these efforts are laudable but not enough. There is a crying need for more. We need not only more facilities, but better ones as well.

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