| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Counselling and Career Division, Department of Schools, Ministry of Education yesterday held a meeting and briefing session on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for leaders of the secondary schools, colleges, sixth form centres, primary schools, school counsellors and guidance teachers along with law enforcement agencies and other government departments.
The event took place at the multipurpose hall of the Fire and Rescue Department Headquarters in Berakas.
Awang Ali Yusri bin Haji Ghafor, the Acting Head of Counselling and Career Division, explained that the briefing aimed to share information on the procedures being used in handling students’ cases at law enforcement agencies and other related departments.
He further advised school principals, headmasters and the administrative unit to support officers and teachers who wish to expand their career and expertise in counselling. The matter was raised as there were cases where the teachers’ and officers’ applications being turned down.
He added that the teachers need not necessary be allocated in the same school after they finished their counselling courses and they will be transferred to other schools that require their expertise and knowledge.
At the moment, he continued, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) offers diploma and master degree programmes in counselling. Several meetings and discussions were held with other higher educational institutions both in the government and private sectors to formulate a degree programme for counselling courses.
Before concluding his speech, he extended his hope that the SOP briefing would bring fruitful benefit for participants and help them implement their knowledge further.
The briefings were delivered by officers and specialists from invited agencies such as the Crime Investigation Department, Paediatric Unit of the Ministry of Health and Community Development Department (JAPEM).
One of the aims of the programme was to increase the understanding of leaders and administrative officials of schools and colleges on the current laws and regulations.
Also present was the Acting Director of Department of Schools, Awang Haji Abdul Rahim bin Derus.