Minister promises to continue entrepreneurship development programme for students

|     Danial Norjidi     |

REPAIRS for sports complexes at schools, the implementation of a vocational school in the Tutong District, school safety and the continuation of an expo promoting entrepreneurship among students were among the issues discussed in the afternoon session of the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting yesterday.

During the session, LegCo member and Penghulu of Mukim Telisai Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit asked about the development of a vocational school in the Tutong District.

In response, Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman said, “On the border between Tutong and Brunei-Muara there is a site that has been identified to have a vocational school and to also have it act as a headquarters for vocational schools. Currently this is in the planning stage and it is hoped that it will be realised in the near future.”

Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli also asked about the repair of damaged sports complexes, to which the minister said, “This is to be carried out from time to time to enable our children to use them and to do so safely. This will always be done so that all schools have sports complexes.”

A third question from Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli pertained to whether the Student Entrepreneurship Development Expo, which he noted was first launched in 2012, could be continued on an annual or biennial basis. He said that the expo demonstrated the success of teachers and students in creating products ranging from food to crafts.

Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Telisai Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

In response, the minister said that since 2014, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has had its National Entrepreneurship Agenda, conducting a comprehensive programme from primary to secondary school level towards cultivating entrepreneurial interest among students. He affirmed that this will be continued and that one of the activities will be to bring back this expo.

The minister went on to add that activities related to the National Entrepreneurship Agenda include competitions such as the Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (BEES). “These are our efforts to actually develop our children to become future entrepreneurs.”

Meanwhile, another question was raised yesterday by Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Bokok Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu pertaining to school safety and measures taken to ensure the safety of students at schools.

The minister said, “The MoE has already created a comprehensive SOP (standard operating procedure) to address security issues in schools.”

He shared that a pilot project has been carried out with several schools to review and refine the SOP. Currently, it is still in the pilot project stage and is being reviewed, he said, noting that once the pilot project has concluded, it will be spread to all schools in the country. “It is to increase the safety of children, teachers and anyone within the government schools,” he added.