| James Kon |
FOLLOWING the success of the catalyst schools in attaining improved results in Primary School Assessment (PSR) examinations last year as compared to the year before, the Ministry of Education is keen to extend the initiative to other primary schools in the next few years in the hope of helping improve the students’ performance.
The initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Education to improve the country’s PSR results came in the form of a programme that focused on schools with the lowest performance, based on their results (Grade A-D) in all five subjects in comparison with other primary schools, said Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education, yesterday at The Century Run to mark the celebration of 100 Years of Formal Education and the 24th Anniversary of Teacher’s Day.
During an interview with the Bulletin, the minister said, “As mentioned by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the New Year’s titah, it is important for us now to plan for the next 100 years. Time flies very fast and we need to concentrate our efforts to increase the quality of education in Brunei Darussalam to achieve the aspiration of Wawasan (Vision) 2035 that is to produce people who are educated and skilled for a quality of life among 10 top nations in the world.”
To attain Brunei’s Vision 2035, he said, “The Ministry of Education has incorporated the goals of Wawasan 2035 into its five-year strategic plan of 2012 to 2017.”
He added, “Concurrently, we are also focusing on improving the quality of education, especially in the performance of students in PSR. Last year, the ministry launched catalyst schools under the intervention programme that concentrated on schools that achieved 75 per cent and below in the PSR in 2013.
“We are encouraged by the selected catalyst schools whose students have shown considerable improvement in their performance. The initiative will be cascaded to other schools from 2015 to 2017.
“The move is also in line with His Majesty’s New Year’s titah where His Majesty set a target of at least 90 per cent of our students obtaining Grade ‘A’ to Grade ‘C’ in PSR examinations in 2017 to help them achieve a greater level of success.”
If the catalyst schools were able achieve improved results in just 45 days, he said, “there is no reason why all government primary schools cannot achieve high performance from 2015 to 2017”.
According to a recent news report, this year’s PSR results have seen a clear improvement compared to the year before. Twelve out of the 15 chosen catalyst primary schools have shown significant improvement between 0.85 per cent and 25.75 per cent rise in their results (Grade A-D).
The best improvement has been achieved by Subok Primary School with a record of 93.10 per cent. Nine out of the 15 schools have achieved a higher percentage of Grade A-C with a percentage increase between three and 33 compared to 2013.
The schools that have achieved this are: SR Sungai Siamas, SR Dato Marsal, SR OKBI Subok, SR Kg Mata Mata, SR Tungku, SR Katok, SR Sengkurong, SR PSJ Pg Abdul Momin and SR PSN Pg Mohd Yusof.
The minister said the ministry hosted a schools leaders forum on January 8 whereby school leaders focused on leadership initiatives on what they can do to ensure 90 per cent of our students continue to obtain Grade ‘A’ to Grade ‘C’ in PSR.
With concerted efforts from school leaders, the minister said, “We hope that we can achieve the target.”