Overseas Scholarship Scheme’s main objective to fulfill govt’s manpower requirements

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) would like to refer to the letter ‘Allow Government Scholarship Graduates to Work Overseas’ by Pg Abd Rahman published in the Opinion Page of the Borneo Bulletin on March 27.

One of the main objectives of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Overseas Scholarship Scheme is to fulfill the manpower requirements of government ministries and departments.

Every year, His Majesty’s Government allocates a generous amount of funding to send students (who fulfill the requirements of the scholarship scheme) to further their studies abroad especially in fields of study that are not offered in local higher education institutions.

In view of the huge investment given for this purpose, students who are awarded these scholarships are normally bonded to serve in the government service.

The MoE acknowledges the current unemployment issues among graduates including those from the Government Scholarship Scheme.

Due to this, the ministry has given consideration for these graduates to be released from their bond (through bond transfer) with the government to allow them to work with the non-government agencies and private sectors that are registered and operate in Brunei Darussalam, provided that the graduates can show evidence that they have tried to apply for relevant posts in the government sector.

However, requests for such bond transfer or release cannot be considered for qualifications that are deemed highly needed by His Majesty’s Government including medicine, dentistry, education and any other qualifications that have designated posts in the government sector.

The MoE recognises the proposal put forward by the writer as it has also been raised during the 15th session of the Legislative Council Meeting recently.

The ministry would like to reiterate that such a proposal will be given due attention and the current policy will be reviewed accordingly taking into account the country’s long term benefit from such a policy change.

The public can contact the Scholarship Section, Ministry of Education, at 2380019 (direct line) or via email scholarship@moe.gov.bn for further inquiry.

– Ministry of Education