| Azlan Othman |
TO ENSURE effective implementation of the policies to strengthen education at primary level, the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, visited two primary schools in the Belait District yesterday.
The minister first visited Panaga Primary School (Cluster Six) and was greeted upon arrival by Hajah Nor Zurina binti Haji Assim, the school’s Headmistress, and Nur Asyura binti Haji Meludin, Head of Cluster Six.
The minister and officials were briefed on the profile of the school and its intervention programmes such as the morning school activities which consist of Panaga Discipline Day, Panaga Values Day, Panaga Religious Hour, Panaga Avid Readers, community partnership, pull out system and extra classes for students sitting for the Primary School Assessment (PSR) called F4S.
Also shared was the Panaga Academic Programme comprising Wise Reading, Mind Game and Funtastic Fry word.
During the question-and-answer session, discussions were held on the impacts of the programmes and activities run by the school, as well as the school’s approach for the 21st Century teaching and learning concept.
Also discussed were the cooperation between teaching workforce and assistance for early childhood education as well as for the lower and upper primary levels.
These include identifying matters that require close attention in diagnosing students’ needs and efforts to support their studies more effectively.
The minister also took a closer inspection at the teaching and learning practices in several classes, especially Year Six classes.
The minister was briefed on programmes and activities conducted by the school to assist students with their learning and challenges faced by the school.
Also discussed were support measures the ministry can undertake in order to strengthen the learning development of the school.
The Panaga Primary School has a 35-member teaching workforce and 417 students – of whom 58 are in Year Six.
The minister and officials later visited Ahmad Tajuddin Primary School (Cluster Six) and was welcomed upon arrival by Maisalamah binti Haji Tuah, the Headmistress and Nur Asyura binti Haji Meludin, Head of Cluster Six.
The school has 30 teachers and 212 students – of whom 37 are in Year Six.
The visit began with a briefing on the school’s profile and programmes implemented to enhance students’ achievements, especially for the PSR examinations.
During both school visits, the minister took note of the iNEIS programme, which helps to monitor students’ attendance and activities in order to strengthen primary education.
Also discussed during the visits was the autonomy practised by schools in curriculum aspects and flexibility in teaching periods that could be implemented to assist in strengthening students’ learning.
Also present during the working visits were the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh; Acting Director General of Education, Haji Abdul Rahim bin Derus; Acting Director of Schools, Zaman bin Haji Gapar, and senior officers at the ministry.