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First junior college for sixth form students
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (December 28, 1974) – Brunei’s first junior college for sixth form students will open in the new school term in January 1975, and between five and 10 years from now, the state may well have its own university college and college of education.
The Director of Education, Pehin Dato A D Bumford said that the sixth form centre would open in temporary premises at the Maktab Melayu Seri Begawan Sultan in Muara with this year’s lower sixth form students from government schools who will be promoted to the upper sixth.
Later in the year, when the results of the ‘O’ Level examinations are known, successful fifth form students will enter the lower sixth.
Pehin Dato Bumford said, “Initially we will have between 400 and 500 students at the centre, depending on the ‘O’ Level results.
“The idea is to reduce this number to 250 or 300 as we realise that to train too many graduates is just as dangerous as having too many students drop out at form three.”
Whole lot of shaking
KUCHING (December 15, 1984) – One kind of blasting is reported to be over but another kind is just getting started.
The first lot involved explosions triggered by contractors excavating for the foundations of a new building in Jalan Satok.
The work went on for months – at one stage with explosions twice a day.
Now comes the second kind – angry blasts from the owners of shophouses near the construction site who say their buildings have been damaged.
They say that in some cases, their foundations have sunk and in others, doors have gone out of alignment and no longer close properly.
Some owners say cracks have appeared in the walls of their buildings. It is understood that some owners have already claimed compensation from the owners of the building.
More women at work in Brunei
NOVEMBER 28, 1994 – There are nearly 20,000 working women in Brunei Darussalam. It is a remarkable rise from a mere 9,000 in 1981.
According to the Director of Economic Planning Unit, Datin Paduka Hajah Jusnani, the number of women graduates has also increased steadily during the past several years.
Speaking at the Women Graduates’ Association Day recently, the director also cited the impressive achievements by local women in the fields of management and administration.
There were 592 women holding such top positions in 1991, compared to 81 in 1981, she added.
The director went on to say that from an analysis on an average monthly salary among male and female workers at the management and administrative levels, there was no significant difference for the 25 to 34 year age group.
But as the age increased or the longer women work, the difference in salary also increased, especially in the private sector.
Kg Ayer only for family
DECEMBER 22, 2004 – Brunei’s world-renowned water village has its own unique laws to protect its age-old character and image as well as to ensure its longevity and harmony.
This reality came to surface early this week following the lightning joint raids that were conducted by the nation’s law enforcement agencies in Kg Ayer.
In an apparent bid to protect the harmony, relevant authorities urged those concerned to ensure that houses in Kg Ayer should remain in the hands of the local families that owned or rented them. They were also reminded that it is an offence to rent out houses in Kg Ayer or to allow anyone else to stay in them except for the immediate family members.
These authorities were quoting the existing law that governed the affairs of Kg Ayer. This regulation is enforced with an objective of presenting a possible disintegration of the community of Kg Ayer, authoritative sources told the Bulletin yesterday.
The law enacted several years ago was aimed at preserving the posterity of the unique character of Kg Ayer and its community that hails from a long lineage where the houses have been handed down from one generation to the other.
This unique regulation aims to protect the harmony and comfort of the villagers especially when houses are built closely to each other.
Since the houses are inherited from their ancestors, the neighbours would already know each other’s lineage and at the same time, such a habitat serves to foster closer ties between one family and the other.
Many Kg Ayer residents have been found to violate this regulation following a recent operation initiated by the Brunei-Muara District Office. – Maya Salleh
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