Students with special needs are urged to continue enhance their skills through job opportunities, businesses and other courses. This is crucial in jointly upholding the country’s aspiration to produce knowledgeable, and skilful people to help realise Brunei Vision 2035, said Acting Head of the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education Dr Mona Aliana binti Dato Paduka Haji Alimin.
She said this during the Special Education Unit’s certificate presentation ceremony for 84 students with special needs who completed a five-year Pre-Vocational Programme for 2015-2019 sessions.
Dr Mona Aliana said throughout the five years, the students were exposed to various teaching and learning skills that help drive towards independent living, and vocational and job acquisition skills.
Among the learning activities are work training skills at both government and private agencies. Experiences have exposed them to the true working environment and deepen their skills as required by the industries, she said.
She also lauded the contribution by the teachers. “Educating students with special needs is not an easy task. It comes with many unexpected challenges. But patience and sincerity of these teachers act as a catalyst towards the success of the students,” she added.
The certificates presentation ceremony was held at the Mahligai Hall of The Airport Mall, Berakas. Guest of honour Acting Director General of Education at the Ministry of Education Hajah Anis Faudzulani binti Haji Dzulkiflee presented the certificates.
Senior officials, parents, home room teachers, principals, employers as well as representatives from the voluntary and corporate sectors, officers from the Special Education Unit and other officers from the Ministry of Education were also present.
Nine retired home room teachers and Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers were also presented certificates of appreciation.
The ceremony also saw the presentation of tokens of appreciation to 23 companies for their support and partnership in providing work placements for the students.
Attendees also viewed an exhibition showcasing a variety of items for sale made and prepared by students from the Pre-Vocational Programme from 28 secondary schools, including handcrafted bags, pillows, framed artwork, framed needlework, fresh produce grown in gardens and greenhouses as well as handmade biscuits, cupcakes and rosella jam.
The Pre-Vocational Programme is a five-year secondary education pathway designed to meet the needs of students with special needs who require additional support in mastering skills in one or more of the following domains: academic, social and communication, physical, sensory and independent living.