| James Kon |
THE Nationwide Driving School Convention came to a close yesterday with Land Transport Acting Director Dr Hj Supry bin Hj Awg Ladi listing seven proposed resolutions that aim to improve services provided by driving schools in the Sultanate.
Over the two-day convention, participating instructors and owners of driving schools came up with resolutions, which included standardising the driving students’ logbook, and requiring that all driving schools create their own websites, available in both Malay and English languages, before January 1, 2015.
The standardised logbook for driving students would ensure the learning session of the traffic law and practical driving training would be recorded and then forwarded to the Land Transport Department as an added document for applicants to take driving test, the acting director explained.
Creating a website, on the other hand, is in line with the Land Transport Department and Ministry of Communications’ aspiration of keeping the citizens well-informed.
Another resolution is for the material and learning aid used in theory and practical sessions to be standardised, ensuring all driving school trainees have consistent theory and practical knowledge.
Other resolutions included a 15-hour provision period to ensure students not only possess enough training, but also strengthen their defensive and cautious driving skills before being certified to be able to take the driving test; the need to submit monthly statistics and students’ records must be stored properly and sent to the Land Transport Department every first week of the month; driving school owners must ensure the organisational structure and management of their driving school are systematic, and communication with the driving instructors must also be improved.
The last resolution is the need to improve techniques of delivery in teaching, and an introduction of Islamic values like prayer such as Zikir.
The objectives of holding the first-of-its-kind convention were to obtain information on the implementation of the teaching curriculum and students’ learning practised in each driving school, ensure owners and instructors comply with the teaching guidelines of the 3rd edition curriculum that was published by the Land Transport Department, and to serve as a platform to allow for the review of the curriculum content so as to raise the standard of training and driving tests in Brunei.