| Azlan Othman |
MINISTER of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong yesterday visited two primary schools in the Brunei-Muara District as part of efforts to ensure the smooth-running of the teaching and learning process at the primary level.
The minister took note of the iNEIS programme and other activities aimed at strengthening primary education, and at the same time, discussions were held with regard to Headmaster/Headmistress Autonomy in the aspect of curriculum and flexibility in learning sessions that can be implemented to strengthen student learning.
The minister was accompanied by his delegation, which included Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yusoff bin Hj Ismail, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Hj Junaidi bin Hj Abdul Rahman, Acting Director-General of Education Hj Abdul Rahim bin Derus, directors and senior officers from the ministry.
At Panglima Barudin Primary School in Limau Manis (Cluster 2), the minister was welcomed by Headmaster Mohd Sani bin Hj Mohd Jais and Cluster 2 Head Metusin bin Hj Jais.
Following a briefing, the minister observed a learning and teaching session as well as activities arranged by the school to assist students. Discussions were also held to address challenges faced, as well as support programme and avenues for assistance the ministry would make to strengthen efforts towards learning development.
The school has 32 teachers and 309 students – of which 39 pupils are in Year 6, the headmaster pointed out, before going on to explain that programmes to enhance the Primary School Assessment (PSR) achievement level for this year included the adopted student programme, ‘Murid Ku Sayang’ project, extra morning classes and revision work.
At Junjungan Primary School (Cluster 3), the minister and his delegation were welcomed by Headmistress Hjh Noorlah binti Kunchang and Cluster 3 Head Dr Hjh Zurina Hj Harun.
The school has 23 teachers and 161 students, 27 of whom are currently in Year 6.
The minister was briefed on the profile of the school and programmes implemented to improve the achievement level in the PSR examinations, which included extra classes, revision on past years papers, ‘Breakfast with Maths’ programme and the ‘Murid Ku Sayang’ project.