Assalamualaikum and Salam Sejahtera
Warm greetings from KISMEC
The world is under siege from an invisible army. Not many countries are spared from this attack. On 11th February 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the name of this enemy; the novel coronavirus is named Covid-19.
As of 11th May 2020, 4.3 million people have been infected worldwide and the death toll has reached nearly 30,000. The numbers are increasing day by day and the pandemic has severely impacted the world’s economy where airlines are grounded, oil prices crashed, industries shut down, education sectors such as schools, higher learning institutions, and skills centres such as KISMEC are not allowed to run on-premise classes and training.
The Movement Control Order (MCO) has brought new norms such as Working From Home (WFH). As one of the preferred Centre of Excellence for TVET, KISMEC acknowledges the new norms have to be embraced immediately.
Since the first MCO on 18th March, our personnel has been assigned tasks to WFH. We have regular Head of Departments meetings via Google Meet and classes for our existing students are still ongoing through e-learning methods.
We anticipate that online classes or e-learning will be very much part of our training in the near future, therefore we are upgrading our facilities and capability to meet these requirements and our trainers are occupied with digitalising their training materials. KISMEC is very eager to start our 2020 intake once we have the green light from the government’s authorities.
This pandemic has taught us many valuable lessons. Digital skills are imperative to all; industries, employees, entrepreneurs and even communities. Industry 4.0 elements are a necessity and not an option anymore. We learn that we must always be proactive to predict new needs. We must be agile and flexible to fit into volatile environments. We must be aware and understand industries and communities’ needs during this extremely challenging time in order for us to design, develop and deliver the right skills to survive these unprecedented circumstances.
Be wary, the enemy is still within us. The war is far from over. Please adhere to all new norms. With every difficulty, there will be a relief.
Mohd. Yusuri Yusof