Vocational colleges around the nation received a total of 44,850 applications since October this year. Mohd Nadzri Abd Azizi from the Technical and Vocational Education Division of the Ministry of Education, said that response from PT3 (Form 3) students this year was very encouraging.

"The unexpected number of applications shows that parents and students are aware that skills training can determine a bright future. Continuous sharpening of skills has to be done to produce marketable graduates. They made a right choice by choosing the technical and vocational stream to meet the country's aspirations," he said at a press conference on Tuesday, November 15 after launching the "Moh Masuk KV" open day at the Lebuh Cator Vocational College, Ipoh (KVLC).

Present at the launch were KVLC director, Noraini Ishak and the chairman of the Council of Directors of Vocational Colleges, Perak, Ishak Sulaiman. Ten other vocational colleges in the state participated in the one-day programme which was mainly patronised by Form 3 students.

Operating since 1930, KLVC offers 7 courses at diploma level: electrical technology, electronic technology, welding technology, industrial machinery technology, construction technology, automotive technology and business management.

According to Mohd Nadzri, as of November 15, KVLC had received a total of 3535 applications from potential students.

"Besides introducing KLVC, this open day will expose parents, students and the community regarding diploma programmes available at vocational colleges in the nation," he said.

Online applications for entry are open until Tuesday, December 20 at the website: www.moe.gov.my

Rosli Mansor