Essential competences for TVET Teachers in ASEAN

14.01.2021 by SEA-VET Content

Prof. Dr. Matthias Becker, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Georg Spöttl, Dr. Paryono, Dr. Winfried Heusinger, Christian Bock


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What is new in the updated version?

This updated (2020) version of the Regional TVET Teacher Standard for ASEAN (RTTS) is adjusted to represent the impact of the 4th industrial revolution, digitalization as well as to place a strong emphasis on vocational disciplines. The changes concentrate on aligning the standards closer to the requirements for teachers in vocational education and to orient them towards various good practices from within and outside the region. The standards are formulated in a way that roadmaps for the development of teacher training in the individual countries can be drawn up.

Complementary to the updated RTTS,  Guidelines for Assessment and Monitoring of TVET Teacher Performance and Quality as well as Guidelines to Vocational Disciplines have been created in English, and the translations of the RTTS and the Guidelines have been available in Vietnamese:

Guidelines for Assessment of TVET Teachers Guidelines to Vocational Disciplines

Chuẩn nhà giáo GDNN khu vực ASEAN Hướng dẫn giám sát, đánh giá năng lực và chất lượng nhà giáo GDNN

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What is the purpose of the Regional TVET Teacher Standard for ASEAN?

The purpose of the RTTS is:

a) to support the political discussion among AMS concerning the improvement of TVET systems by increasing the quality of TVET teacher qualification; and

b) to give orientation for responsible personnel in TVET education to ensure development of appropriate competences of TVET teachers in AMS.

The RTTS is an outcome of the implementation of the ASEAN Workplan on Education 2016-2020.

Who developed the Regional TVET Teacher Standard for ASEAN?

Headed by SEAMEO VOCTECH, the RTTS was developed by a regional working group with the support of GIZ-RECOTVET. The regional working group was supported by expert contributions and inputs from multi-stakeholder representatives of nine ASEAN Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR., Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Who has acknowledged the Regional TVET Teacher Standard for ASEAN?

  • The Regional TVET Teacher Standard has been endorsed by the 3rd High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2017 and by the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia in July 2017.
  • The 12th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED) in Bangkok has taken account of the RTTS as recognized by SEAMEO on 1st December 2017.
  • Since 2017, Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and lately Myanmar have used the RTTS as a benchmark for a review and update of national standards for TVET teachers’ competencies in a referencing process with the responsible organizations and ministries.

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