| Siti Hajar |
BRUNEI Darussalam’s National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) is set to take another leap forward after the Ministry of Education completed a review of the system, which outlines several achievements and areas that require improvement. Authorities are also slated to build on these positive outcomes to ensure the successful progress of the policy while focusing on its limitations.
This was revealed by Dr Hajah Huraini binti POKSJDP Haji Hurairah, Deputy Head of Unit SPN21 at the sidelines of the Early Childhood Care and Education International Conference yesterday.
The complete findings on the reviews will be released by the ministry in due course and is a follow-up to an earlier announcement in June. Since its introduction in 2009, the educational policy has not only garnered much momentum but also exposed weaknesses and shortcomings. As such, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam called upon the ministry to resolve underlying issues during the Teacher’s Day celebration last month.
“The review will pave the way for future planning and we are now analysing which areas to focus on and pursue,” said Dr Hajah Huraini.
As the younger generation has adopted technology as a cultural norm, the policy will continue to incorporate innovation and ICT to meet the evolving educational needs.
The conference participants, including those from overseas, shared their views on SPN21.
They agreed that challenges of modernisation include catering to the educational expectations of students while realising that “we must change the way we view education, learning as well as teaching.”
The new generation of students is considered “digital citizens” and hence adjustments must be made to the current education system.
Dr Hajah Huraini also presented a paper that highlighted the implementation of SPN-21 and chapters related it.