AN estimated $200,000 is expected to be put aside for the provision of quality vocational training centres in 13 different secondary schools around the country.
This will be part of the Ministry of Education's drive to strengthen programs which promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in secondary schools in the 2013 year.
Director TVET, Alumica Tuisawau, said to enhance such education, secondary schools had been provided with free TVET textbooks, tools, equipment and machines.
"A portion of the MOE tuition grant that is given to secondary schools annually are meant specifically for TVET subjects.
"In 2012, the MOE introduced the mainstreaming of vocational courses in 62 secondary schools whereby students preparing for their Form Six and Form Seven exams were given vocational skills training," Ms Tuisawau revealed.
She added that over 60 schools were set to introduce the course this year while the remaining schools would come on board in 2014.
"All secondary school students are exposed to some TVET subjects in schools at Form Three and four levels.
"With the introduction of mainstreaming of vocational courses in secondary schools, all students at Forms five, six and seven will go through vocational skills training," the director concluded.