The Ministry of Education (MoE), through the Special Education Department, held a certificate presentation ceremony for 92 pre-vocational students for 2018-2022 and a prize presentation for the braille code translation competition at the Mahkota Hall at Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday.
Acting Head of the Special Education Department at the Ministry of Education Eddy Fazlin bin Haji Amdan was the guest of honour.
Certificates were presented to the graduating students of the Pre-Vocational 2018-2022 programme and six recently retired home room teachers and special education needs assistance teachers.
Tokens of appreciation were also presented to 11 companies for their support and partnership in providing work placements for students in the programme, followed by the prize presentation to the top three in the braille translating competition.
The pre-vocational programme is a five-year secondary education pathway designed for students with special educational needs requiring additional support in mastering skills in one or more of the following domains: academic, social and communication, physical, sensory, and independent living.
The programme sets out to maximise the potential of students with special educational needs so they can acquire independent living skills and basic vocational skills, empowering them to become independent adults.
The braille translating competition was organised in conjunction with World Braille Day, celebrated every January 4.
The competition aimed to increase awareness and knowledge on braille reading and characters among students and teachers, as well as highlight its importance as a learning resource and communication tool for students with visual impairment.
The competition was open to all teachers and normal stream students studying from Year 4 through Year 9.
Some 31 participants entered the competition – seven students from the upper primary level, eight from the lower secondary level, and 16 teachers.
The ceremony concluded with an exhibition showcasing a variety of products prepared by students from the pre-vocational programme in 14 public secondary schools.