| Zee Yusri |
KATOK Secondary School (SMK) conducted a briefing session for parents and guardians of Year 7 students yesterday at the school’s Lecture Theatre 2.
In his welcoming speech, the Principal of SMK, Lim Chee Kong, highlighted the school’s effort to upgrade its academic standing through early learning intervention. He also emphasised the importance of the students’ attendance and gave out motivational advice to the students as well as parents.
“There is a crucial need for cooperation between the parents and the school to help students excel in their best potential to achieve their success in all aspects within the school including acedemic as well as other activities,” said the principal.
The principal highlighted the importance of cooperation and support from parents, which is needed in monitoring their children’s learning. He said issues such as students’ attendance would affect the learning and student’s programmes.
During the briefing, it was revealed that the students will be learning under the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) where evaluations or assessments in SPN21 classes are based on Brunei Common Assessment Tasks (BCATs) for its core subjects.
The six core subjects are Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Religious Knowledge, Science, Mathematics and Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB), while other subjects include Physical Education, Business, Art and Technology, and Social Studies as well as two option subjects – Drama and Arabic.
It was also shared that the benefits of SPN21 included a greater emphasis on character building, no retention from Year 7 to Year 10/11 with a condition where the student should have at least 85 per cent attendance record, multiple pathway to higher education, multiple choices of educational programmes based on students’ interests, needs and abilities, and opportunities to pursue four or five years programmes before sitting for Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level exam.
The briefing was also attended by the deputy principals, school operating manager, teachers, Year 7 students and parents.
SMK has a total of 1,033 students, 117 local educators and 23 non-teaching staff members.