THE Ministry of Education (MoE) has ordered the immediate closure of a school located in Jalan Jerudong, Kampong Sengkurong A for reportedly failing to comply with registration requirements.
In a press release, the MoE said the registration of Luqman Darussalam School has been rejected after the school continued to operate despite previous notices for closure.
The MoE advised the parents and guardians to send their children to registered educational institutions as soon as possible in compliance with the Compulsory Education Act Chapter 211.
For those who wish to enroll their children at government schools, applications can be forwarded to Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, Block 2J, Jalan Ong Sum Ping, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1111, Brunei Darussalam, or Private Education Section, Ministry of Education, Old Airport Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan BB3510, Brunei Darussalam. Further inquiries can be made at 2230542/2382621, the ministry said.
The school’s headmistress expressed her shock and disappointment over the ministry’s decision, which has raised concerns among parents and guardians of the children at the school.
In a phone interview, the school’s headmistress said that the school had obtained “approval status” from several agencies such as the Brunei-Muara District Office, Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Brunei Police Force’s (RBPF) Traffic Control and Investigation Department and Town and Country Planning Department.
She said the school will hold a meeting today to discuss the issue, adding that she will present all the necessary documents at the meeting and ask the MoE to reconsider and allow the school to continue operations.
A number of parents have raised several issues, including whether they will get a refund of the school fees they had paid a few months in advance. They are also worried about where to send their children at a short notice.
Imelda, one of the parents, expressed her shock at hearing the news, saying that the school had been providing “good educational services”.
“We did not expect the school to be closed although we heard rumours about the closure. The teachers are very friendly and helpful, and give our children their full attention and care,” she added.
Jury Yusof, another parent, said he was concerned about the future of his daughter, who only started attending kindergarten classes at the school in January this year.
He asked if any school would accept her transfer at this time. He said it would be a hassle to find another school and his daughter could be left behind in her education.
“If I have to transfer her to another school, I have to pay for her school fees, books, stationery, school uniforms and so on. I have spent much in buying all those essentials. I need the school to refund the school fees (which I have paid) so that I would be able to pay the registration fees at another school,” he added.
He told the Bulletin that he had received a letter from the school informing that the school would be closed on February 9 and 10 for the registration process and the pupils would resume their normal classes on Wednesday (tomorrow).