PRELIMINARY STUDY OF THE READINESS OF DISTANCE LEARNING APPROACH FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF CATC-AQRF LEVEL II-IV IN CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, LAO PDR, THAILAND, TIMOR LESTE AND VIETNAM
Abstract: ASEAN countries are preparing to enter the era of free flow of skilled labor. This preparation includes the activities to plan the implementation of Mutual Recognition of Skills (MRS) which begins with demonstration and understanding of level and level descriptors on the linkages between NQF and AQRF at the skill/level. Mutual Recognition of Skills (MRS) is for technical and vocational skills, which are high school level skills while MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) is for high skills professional worker. Implementation of MRS or MRA can be done effectively with the form of distance learning system through online learning. In other words, the implementation of distance learning is supported by the readiness of communication and information technology (ICT). All of this information is confirmed in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and questions to each country about CATC implementation readiness. This preliminary study is primarily conducted to observe and know readiness of countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam in implementing CATC-AQRF LEVEL II-IV. From this preliminary study it is concluded that Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand are ready to approach Distance Education on the implementation of Curriculum ASEAN Tourism Curriculum - ASEAN Qualification Framework Level II - IV.