BY Hakim Hayat
The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2019 Report in commemoration of 50 years of the establishment of TVET in Brunei was launched on Tuesday, giving policymakers and stakeholders access to information necessary to improve TVET and align it with job market.
Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman launched the report in a ceremony at the School of Aviation, Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus in Berakas.
Acting Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) who is also advisor of the Brunei Darussalam TVET Report 2019, Dr Chin Wei Keh said, the report available online on MoE’s website features the entire landscape development of TVET in Brunei.
He added that MoE hopes to see stakeholders tapping into the rich information presented and draw insights from the report to help strengthen TVET’s role in developing quality human capital particularly within the education-employment linkage.
“Policymakers will now be better equipped with reliable data in drawing up set of policies for current and future TVET system as well as be informed on the issues and challenges that have long been faced by TVET,” he said.
The report also offers TVET providers with concrete data to identify gaps and to improve their programmes, thus aligning with the current industry requirements.
“All these actions are vital to improving the system and to ensure that the nation produces the intended outcomes especially in producing graduates with the right qualities in a sustainable manner,” he added.
Following the launch of the report and a video presentation, the minister presented the report to selected stakeholders and certificates of appreciation to the report’s working group and production team.
The report is the first of its kind prepared by the MoE to provide an overview of the development of TVET landscape in Brunei.
The MoE said the objective is to highlight the issues and challenges related to the TVET system as well as its impact on the employability of graduates as well as its influence in providing manpower in the country.
The report contains eight chapters, including information on TVET for the job market, collaboration with stakeholders and network of TVET institutions.
Among the senior officials present at the launch were Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani as Chairperson of Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) and Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE Dr Shahmsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin