Course to help private schools avail opportunities to special needs students

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THIRTY-FOUR teachers from 15 private schools completed their introductory course in inclusive education and will now become focal persons or ‘Learning Support Teachers’ for special education at their respective schools.

The course, organised by the Ministry of Education’s Private Education Section, was held to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to provide equal opportunities for special needs students to expand their potential and abilities at private schools.

The 34 teachers – as well as two teachers from Pusat Bahagia – received their certificates for completing the course at a ceremony held yesterday at the multipurpose hall of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School.

The Ministry of Education’s Head of Private Education Section Pg Ayup Pg Hj Othman said that the concept of inclusive education – where students with special needs are given equal opportunities to enter mainstream schools – is in line with the country’s “Education for All” concept.

“To meet the demands towards achieving and realising the objectives of the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN 21) and for all students – including special needs students – to get maximum education effects, teachers have to constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge,” Pg Ayup said.

The teachers also received School-Based Team (SBT) guidebooks (published by MoE’s Special Education Unit) as reference material.

These material are reference for how collaborative action between school leaders, teachers, parents and guardians can be carried out to aid special needs students.

“These books are very useful references for planning effective learning programmes for these students,” Pg Ayup said.

Meanwhile, 20 other teachers also received certificates for completing a “Continuing Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators” course over 14 sessions last year.

The course was carried out at Universiti of Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE).

Fourteen teachers also received certificates for completing a “Jolly Phonics” course facilitated by Jolly Language School in 2014.

Director-General of Education Hj Abd Rahim Derus presented all the certificates to the teachers.

According to Pg Ayup, MoE’s Private Education Section will continue to collaborate with the Special Education Unit, Jolly Language School and SHBIE to organise more courses for private school teachers this year.

“We hope that these courses will further increase teachers’ teaching levels, turning them into teachers who are more knowledgeable, experienced and effective,” Pg Ayup said.

He added: “In this way, MoE’s objective of ‘Improving Private School Teachers’ Capacities and Competencies’ as a way towards achieving National Vision 2035 will be achieved.”

The Brunei Times