Wasan Vocational School told to introduce more courses
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A LEGISLATIVE Council (LegCo) member yesterday suggested to the Ministry of Education that it was time to increase the total number of courses being offered at Wasan Vocational School to reflect the modern agricultural needs of the nation.
Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusuf Dulamin said during the 12th Legislative Council session that the move would elevate the institution’s credibility to be on par with other technical and vocational institutions in the country.
“It is about time we add on more agriculture-related courses at the Wasan Vocational School and upgrade the existing courses being offered in accordance with the institution’s capabilities to offer quality courses,” he said.
According to the institution’s website, there are currently five courses being offered at the school.
The minister of education did not respond to the YB Hj Mohd Yusuf’s suggestions yesterday due to time constraints.
At the same time, YB Hj Mohd Yusuf Dulamin also requested to the ministry that subjects in agricultural subjects to be introduced in primary and secondary schools across the country, citing the need to expose students to the opportunities in the agriculture sector from a young age.
“With the existing SPN 21 national curriculum, I think it is necessary for the Ministry of Education to introduce subjects related to agriculture as a way to get students in primary and secondary levels acquainted to the prospects of a career in agriculture.”
However, the minister of education responded by saying that the prospect of introducing agriculture-related subjects in schools is not being considered by the ministry because it would mean there would be even less time to teach the current syllabus.
“Currently, it is difficult to add an extra subject... students nowadays already face the burden of many subjects to learn on a daily basis,” he said.
The Brunei Times