19 education administers successfully complete curriculum development training
SEAMEO VOCTECH (01 December 2021) - A virtual Customised Training Programme on ‘Curriculum Development to Match Industry Needs and Workplace Requirements’ organised by the Lifelong Learning Centre, Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam and conducted by SEAMEO VOCTECH (SV) Regional Centre for 19 participants from various departments in the Ministry of Education, namely Learning Centre(L3C), Department of Higher Education (HED), Secretariat of Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC), Department of Curriculum Development (CDD) and Brunei Darussalam Leadership & Teacher Academy (BDLTA), concluded with a virtual Closing Ceremony on 01 December 2021.
The 6-day virtual training programme has equipped the participants with the critical knowledge and essential skills of competency-based curriculum development, which will serve to enhance the participants’ understanding, competence and productivity in developing industry-aligned training provisions for diverse target groups served by their respective institutions or departments.
Centre Director of SEAMEO VOCTECH, Mr Alias Haji Abu Bakar, in his speech at the closing ceremony, hoped that this training has managed to give the participants a good understanding and grounding on the various stages a curriculum developer needs to plan for and engage in; the different models of curriculum development that can be employed to factor in labour market information and occupational standards and competences; and the way a comprehensive Competency-based Education and Training (CBET) programme can be structured and developed. He commended the participants on their active engagement, throughout the training duration, in generating and discussing ideas, and sharing professional perspectives from their various departments, thus enriching the training experience for all.
In the wrap-up speech by the participants’ representative, Mr Chong Yun Onn, Head of Specialist Unit, Brunei Darussalam Leadership and Teacher Academy, shared that they had also gained unexpected knowledge and skills during the training programme with a lot of breakthroughs and A-Ha moments, which have inspired the participants to do better and learn more. Moreover, he shared that it was an eye-opening workshop and the use of DACUM analysis and the ADDIE model had truly challenged their thinking on how to integrate and apply the competencies they had identified into their current or upcoming programmes, something that would not be easy but would be very worthwhile to do for the betterment of teachers and students and the overall quality of our education system. He then thanked SEAMEO VOCTECH and Lifelong Learning Centre for organising such relevant and meaningful training programmes. Also present during the closing ceremony were Mr Walter Chong Meng Siong and Mr Sumardi Haji Abdul Hamid, Assistant Directors of Lifelong Learning Centre, Mr Pengiran Haji Mohd Sufri Pengiran Ali.