I WAS a recipient of the Ministry of Education (MoE) scholarship and I’m bonded to serve as a teacher after graduating from the UK.
A month after reporting to the MoE and Jabatan Sekolah-Sekolah (JSS), I got an official letter from the MoE to report to JSS for a job placement.
After reporting to JSS, I was told to wait for a maximum of three weeks. I was excited.
Three weeks passed and I called JSS for an update. I was told that the scholarship department sent a letter to JSS not to allow the new graduates to work first without doing Master of Teaching (MTeach) at UBD, unlike the previous batch of scholars.
Wanting to gain experience first, I sent a request letter to the Scholarship Department to defer my Masters degree.
It has been almost half a year and I was informed recently that my request is still under consideration.
A friend of mine, who is also a recent graduate bonded to be a teacher, is now working at one of the technical schools without doing his Masters degree.
When I came to know about this, I called the Scholarship Department to get an explanation on the situation. The officer was dumbfounded and answered, “Maybe he reported himself (to Scholarship Department) earlier than I did and maybe he isn’t bonded as a teacher, which I refuted.
Frustrated, I called the Department of Technical Engineering (DTE), asking if there was a vacancy. They told me to ask the Scholarship Department to send an official letter to DTE for a job placement, but the MoE refused. Their sole reason was to avoid JSS and DTE fight over one applicant.
Another friend of mine, a graduate engineer who was also under the MoE scholarship, however bonded to work for the government, is also waiting for a bond release letter from the MoE. After numerous rejections from government departments, finally he secured a position in a semi-government owned company, but his request was put on hold and his name was instead sent to the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) for a teaching position.
Why his name was sent to IBTE even though he didn’t do MTeach? If that was the case, then what are we bonded teachers for?
The unemployment rate has increased over the years in Brunei. Why does MoE still send scholars overseas yet bond them to work with the ministry with no or insufficient jobs to offer?
If the ministry is chaining us, then why do they complain about the increase in unemployment rate?
– Frustrated graduate