Throughout their studies at government secondary schools and with the cooperation of the relevant companies and industries, special needs students have been exposed to various marketable skills which are in line with the current market. Among the skills that the students have attained is in the field of vegetable cultivation using fertigation systems and sales activities, which have been well-received. Students are therefore urged to take advantage of the opportunities provided to be more creative and innovative in diversifying the skills that they have obtained in order to be independent, courageous and positive-minded. The call was made by Datin Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Md Salleh, Deputy Minister of Education during the Certificate Presentation ceremony for the Pre-Vocational Programme's 2013-2017 session yesterday afternoon.

According to Datin Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah, in developing the curriculum for special needs students, basic knowledge related to strengthening skills in the field of entrepreneurship must be stressed upon, so that it becomes the norm in the student's daily life. She added that the Ministry of Education will continue to carry out professional development in the field of pre-vocational education for teachers to ensure that they are always equipped with the latest skills to raise the quality of teaching and learning.

At the ceremony, 91 special needs students who have completed the 5-year course, received their certificates. The Pre-Vocational programme is one of the multiple pathways in the National Education System for the 21st Century, SPN 21, which is planned specifically to fulfill the needs of special needs students in terms of intellect, physical, autism, attitude, speech, conversation, vision, and hearing in government secondary schools.

The ceremony ran concurrently with a prize presentation to 3 winners of the Braille reading proficiency competition, held in conjunction with World Braille Day 2018. The competition aims to raise public awareness on the importance of reading and understanding sentences in Braille for students with visual problems in the categories of "No Vision" and "Limited Vision". Also present were Doctor Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Awang Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, Acting Head of the Special Education Unit. In 2017, 473 special needs students attended the programme in 28 government secondary schools under the supervision of 48 Home Room teachers. The pre-vocational programme provides suitable learning for students with special characteristics, to allow them to acquire functional academic skills, working and basic vocational skills, communication skills, social skills and life skills according to an individual's level of ability.

Source: Radio Television Brunei