| Fadhil Yunus |
PRIMARY schools across the nation have stepped up efforts as they prepare candidates for the Primary School Assessment (PSR) exams this year. One approach is by holding additional classes for the students during the school holidays.
The progress made in holding these additional classes has been the primary focus of Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong in his working visit to three primary schools in the Brunei-Muara District.
The minister and his delegation’s first stop was Lambak Kanan Primary School, where 91 students are sitting for the PSR exam this year. Within a month of establishing the initiative to improve the PSR examination achievement rate, the school has already recorded a 30 per cent increase in achievement rate.
Despite the ongoing school holidays, the school recorded an over 80 per cent attendance rate, whereas the total attendance rate for August stood at 93 per cent.
To meet the students’ learning needs, six additional classes have been in session, involving 11 teachers and the principal. Additionally, separate sessions are held for students with the potential to score straight A’s.
Next on the list was the Dato Marsal Primary School and Pusar Ulak Primary School.
A post-test evaluation at the school showed a 40 per cent increase in achievement rate. The school recorded an over 93 per cent attendance rate for the month of August, while the students’ additional classes attendance rate stood at 66 per cent.
At Pusar Ulak Primary School, the post-test evaluation showed a 35 per cent increase in achievement rate, with over 90 per cent of the students scoring 50 per cent and above.
The minister later toured the school’s additional building which is still under construction. When completed, the school will be able to accommodate 600 students.
The $6.2 million building will house 24 classes including pre-school classes, principal/assistant principal’s office, surau, ablution facilities for both male and female, library, lecture rooms, computer rooms, science rooms, common room, source rooms, student lounge, emergency room and store rooms.
The delegation included Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Hj Ismail.