Raising career pathway awareness to reduce unemployment
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SCHOOL leavers who are “stranded” after completing their O-Level examinations contribute to the number of people who are unemployed, said an officer fro, the Ministry of Education’s Career and Couseling Unit.
On the sidelines of a job and higher-learning institution fair held at Masin Secondary School, Siti Hajar Hj Khamis said that this is because they are sometimes not able to get into higher learning intitutions.
“What happens is some (students) want to go for higher education (after their O-Level) but they are often stranded because higher-learning institutions have certain (academic) standards which some students inadequately fulfil,” she said although not providing specific numbers.
“O-Level students, according to statistics from the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) have the highest number of unemployment,” said Siti Hajar adding that it was a rough estimation made by JPKE.
The officer said that it is important students understand what subjects to take in order to get into certain institutions.
“So what we try to do here with this fair is grant students early exposure to what pathways hey can take after their O-Levels. Whether it is a career or furthering their studies,” she said.
She added: “So if they managed to get two O-Level we show them where they can go, likewise when they get three O-Level – we are here to help.”
According to an article published in June, unemployment numbers dropped in March this year, with the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency under JPKE registering 10,073 unemployed persons for the month.
According to the Brunei Labour Law, the legal age of employment is 16 years old.
Yesterday, 22 booths were on display at Masin Secondary School showcasing career paths both from the government and private sectors comprising the Ministry of Health, The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Fire and the Brunei Darussalam Institute of Certified Public Accountants among others.
The Career and Counseling Unit under the Department of Schools will set up higher-learning and job booths at Sayyidina Husain Secondary School in Jerudong today.
The Brunei Times