| James Kon |
MINISTERS of Education from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) conveyed their appreciation and thanks for Brunei’s assistance in conducting English Language programmes for their officers and teachers during the recent 8th Asean Education Ministers Meeting in Laos.
This was revealed by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, the Minister of Education during the official launching of the English Teaching Apprenticeship (ETA) Programme held at The Core Lecture Theatre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The minister highlighted that “with over 30 years of experience in implementing a sustainable education system using the English and Malay Languages as the medium for learning, we are confident of producing graduates who are capable of teaching English at both primary and secondary levels.”
The minister also appreciated UBD and other educational institutions who have contributed to this achievement.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar in his speech also praised the ETA programme, which embeds the concept of entrepreneurship in its curriculum.
He said that this is an innovative move in view of the present rate of unemployment in the country.
In a study by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies in 2009, it was found that a common trait among job seekers is a serious lack of entrepreneurial interest.
Therefore, the minister stated that by encouraging the spirit of enterprise and imparting entrepreneurial thinking skills such as the capacity for recognising opportunities, seizing them and turning them into successful ventures, ETA can help enhance the employability of graduates by unlocking personal potential and reinforcement of individual competitiveness.
The minister further revealed that plans are underway to set up a company to recruit and train more apprentices in the coming years. The company will then function as a recruitment agency and will aid in the creation of jobs and mobilisation of graduate apprentices for employment locally and overseas.
He also hopes that the ETA would be extended to include non-graduate apprentices as well as including industry-based technical and vocational training in the curriculum.