| Izah Azahari |
THIRTY-six participants from nine Seameo member countries yesterday received their certificates of completion during the closing ceremony of the Regional Training Programme on Excellence in Curriculum Implementation through Visionary Leadership and Situational Supervision (E-Class) held at the Seameo VOCTECH Regional Centre.
Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam, Nurul Qomar.
“The challenges of 21st Century education brought about by new technologies and globalisation have brought to bear new requirements and new ways of implementing a curriculum,” said the Centre Director of Seameo VOCTECH, Haji Md Sharifuddin bin Haji Md Salleh.
“The traditional ways of implementing a curriculum are no longer sufficient in meeting the needs of our technology-savvy learners and the industry’s demand for creative and critical thinking workers.”
Haji Md Sharifuddin also pointed out that the demand for the 21st Century workforce skills will increase as knowledge-based technologies restructure the operational organisation of industry, requiring workers to be creative, innovative, collaborative, and good communicators, making it compulsory for educational institutions to redefine their programme goals and objectives, applying new strategies to meet the demands of stakeholders and requirements of Southeast Asian and global environment.
The guest of honour highlighted that there are real concerns with implementing curriculums when the people implementing them are not clear in what is expected of them, resulting in the curriculum plan remaining on the shelf and efforts in the planning becoming a sheer waste.
“I hope this training programme in one way or the other will help resolve these issues by applying in appropriate management style and situational leadership behaviour in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme,” added the ambassador.
Prior to the ambassador’s speech, a report was delivered by the Course Coordinator, Dr Marcelino Gapultos Jr, and a short sharing session was presented by the Class President, Major (U) Pengiran Md Farisan bin Pengiran Haji Metassan.
There was a Seameo VOCTECH video presentation followed by the presentation of certificates to the participants by the guest of honour.
The participants comprised principals, instructors, lecturers, teachers, from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as 13 officers from Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Defence and Royal Brunei Armed Forces.