| Azlan Othman |
LUQMAN Darussalam School has been ordered to stop all educational activities with immediate effect and failure to abide by the order to cease operations could lead to legal action against the school owner, the Ministry of Education said in a statement yesterday.
This is in accordance with Section 83 (e) of the Education Act 2003, Chapter 210. The ministry said in ensuring the quality of private sector education in the country remained top notch, specific standards covering infrastructure, environment and safety are taken into account by relevant government agencies.
Failure to meet these standards could affect the operations of an educational institution.
This is to safeguard the safety and well-being of the children intending on or currently studying at the institution.
In this context, the closure of Luqman Darussalam School located at No 1 & 1A, Simpang 60, Kampong Sengkurong A, Jalan Jerudong, which was announced on February 10, 2015, is one of the efforts taken by the Government of His Majesty through the Ministry of Education in ensuring the quality of education is sound and safe for children.
Prior to the closure order, the school underwent an assessment process with several government agencies to ensure that all regulations and criteria were met, including the safety aspects.
The school’s failure to meet the requirements had led to the issuance of several notices including informing the parents under the Education Act 2003, Chapter 210.
The school, however, continued to operate without fulfilling registration requirements, which led to the application for renewal of school registration being turned down and the school was ordered to cease operations.
The Ministry of Education has taken the welfare and continuation of studies of the schoolchildren seriously.
The Compulsory Education Act, Chapter 211 states the provision for parents and guardians to send their children to registered educational institutions.
Hence, the Ministry of Education through the Department of Schools is ready to assist parents of the affected students if they intend to register their children at government schools.
Applications can be made to the Department of Schools of the Ministry of Education at Block 2J, Jalan Ong Sum Ping, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1111, Brunei Darussalam (Tel no 2230542) or Private Education Division of the Ministry of Education at the Old Airport (Tel no 2382621). Parents can also go to any government school for further information.
Private educational institutions in the country should undergo an assessment process annually for the purpose of registration in order to continue their operations. Any additional application or relocation of premises will be examined and assessed by relevant departments in the aspect of health, safety, suitability of the building and infrastructure taking into consideration the safety aspect and welfare of the students.
Parents and guardians are advised to register their children at private schools registered with the Private Education Division of the Ministry of Education.
The list of registered private educational institutions for this year was published in the media on January 16. The list is also available at the Private Education Division of the Ministry of Education at the Old Airport, Berakas.