Education is often perceived as a social change which refers to the belief in the ability of education to reshape and restructure Singapore's society in the interest of nation building. The setting up of vocational institutions mark a change in education policy in the late 1969s. And Baharuddin Vocational Institution was one of them. Let's find out why.
Baharuddin Vocational Institution
In the 1960s, against the prevailing climate of world's opinion that education was a basic human right, quantitative expansion of education facilities was carried out.
In the late 1960s and early 70s, qualitative consolidation was carried out due to the urgent need to strengthen survival capacity in the country. There are two reasons for this structural change in the education system. Firstly, the impending withdrawal of British military forces meant that there is a need to create more jobs. Secondly, the shift from import substitution to export-oriented industries due to the failure of Merger meant that socio-economic structures must be conducive for Foreign Direct Investments.
Therefore, Baharduddin Vocational Institute started operations from their premises in Stirling Road under the Vocational Industrial Training Board in 1969 offering several courses from Graphic Design to Dressmaking, primarily to service the design industry.
Textbook used in Baharuddin Vocational Institute
Planning for the institute began in 1966 and was called Queenstown Vocational Institute before renamed as Baharuddin Vocational Institute in 1968. The school started by sharing its premises at other vocational institutes before moving into its own premises at Stirling Road. Printing school was established when the institute signed an agreement with Germany in 1970.
The site of Baharuddin Vocational Institute before shifting to Stirling Road
In 1990, the inception of Temasek Polytechnic and the declining enrollment in Queenstown marked the end of the days of BVI in our district. The remaining 170 students continued their studies in Temasek Polytechnic.
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