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Current Issues and Trends

A Critical Review of Youth's Behaviour towards VTE in Brunei
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Diana Mahmud

on 3 June 2010

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A Critical Review of Youth's Behaviour Towards VTE in Brunei AREA OF STUDY It is a further exploration under the week tutorial discussion of “possible factors that might have hampered the progress of VTE in Brunei” Agreement between a few VTI instructors

Interest in this study since the MTSSR Open Day in 2008.

As a closer look at college open days where it is seen that most parents decide what their children should undertake WHY THE STUDY WAS CHOSEN THE RESEARCH TIMELINE CLARIFYING THE ISSUE The problem is that society (both parents and youths) have a certain negative behavioural reaction towards VTE in Brunei.

Is VTE not important enough in contributing to the country’s economy?
Is VTE not as academically achieving? Higher quality of students
Higher education level
Higher entry level
Availability of progression

It bridges the gap in current system for upgrading qualification
It must be realized that the changes with the education system in Brunei by implementing SPN21 is to benefit the students, industry and businesses. “to produce an education system of international standard, which fosters valuable and marketable skills and encourages life-long learning (LLL) orientation that will contribute to a harmonious and politically stable society.”
Aim to provide multiple pathways in education. Instead of a second option, it is another option! “a vision to make Brunei a recognizable nation for its well-educated and highly skilled people, the quality of life and a dynamic, sustainable economy.” One direction of the education strategy:

“Have first class secondary and tertiary education including vocational schools that produce experts, professionals and technicians required in commerce and industry.” Society needs to be willing to accept VTE and change their perceptions when it is proven to be as important to the country’s industrial economy as academic achievements. CLEAR STATEMENT OF CENTRAL ISSUE “The public's impression of technical and vocational education in the country has changed drastically in recent times, from an institution for dropouts to a well-perceived educational institution that produces highly valued and accepted qualified individuals needed in the nation's rapid development of industries and businesses.”

Deputy Permanent Secretary, H.E. MoE, 2009 CONTRADICTION RELATED SUB-ISSUES Industrial participation in promoting VTE?

The use of publicity to encourage admissions into VTE? FOCUS OF MAIN ISSUE “Are youths willing to consider going into VTI rather than general education as their first choice because of interest?” Brunei National Vision 2035 DIMENSIONS DIAGRAM SPN21 MoE's Strategic Plan 2007-2011 Total students in the survey 75 students.

Male students majority
Majority of 16 – 17 years old
Secondary 5 students from various classes
All sitting for GCE ‘O’ Levels examination RESEARCH DEMOGRAPHICS Student’s percentage on education target level Student’s percentage on people that influences their education decisions Students’ career and education interest category table Possible Strategies Continuous VTE Support Cycle The word realize was used repeatedly in the study.

To realize is to see.

We must create the awareness and make efforts to make youths realize the important and powerful existence of VTE in Brunei. CONCLUSION Again, as the agents of change with clear positive visions of how we see our nation in the future , we must make continuous efforts to change the societies perceptions until a change is easily seen.
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