To better upgrade their teaching skills as well as communicative skills Counselling teachers as well as Pre Vocational teachers took part in an exam in basic sign language. The course which had started on 14th May was organised by the Guidance and Counselling Department, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Collage.
The course based on “Signing Exact English” S.E.E. s conducted by Cikgu Sirazzudeen bin Md Maideen from SOAS Collage where its objectives were to fulfil one of the counselling ethicates for counselling and to better communicate with students in particular those with special needs.
He said that out of the initial 17 teachers and counsellors that took part in the course only half took the exam. This was because some of them could not make the exam date and had to reschedule. He revealed that most of the teachers that took the exam did very well, and he was proud that the teachers were able to read and speak basic sign language.
Counsellors and teachers from SOAS Collage, Rimba Secondary School, Pengiran Anak Puteri Hjh Rashidah Secondary School, Lumut, Pengiran Jaya Negara Pg Hj Abu Bakar Secondary School, Kuala Belait, Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri STPRI, Sayyidina Umar Al Khattab Secondary School, Lumas, Berakas Secondary School, Pengiran Dipa Negara Sengkarai Secondary School, Tutong and Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School took part in the program
With the understanding and skill of basic sign language (S.E.E.) counsellors may give better counselling to not only students with special needs, but also to teachers and main stream students. This particular skill will help main stream students and special needs students to better communicate with each other, and understand each other’s special needs.
Not only will counsellors be able to teach and communicate better with children with special needs, but it also gives opportunity for those students to be able to gain knowledge and learn with main stream students, and that their special needs is not a hindrance for them to learn.