Teachers urged to strengthen digital competency

James Kon

Digital revolution has changed learning patterns and the implementation of daily task for educators, Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh said.

She said with the rapid development of technology, the education system must continue to evolve to prepare a generation to be ready with the opportunities and challenges presented by digital revolution.

Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah, the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the 18th Meeting of Archipelago Teachers Congress (PGN) at the StarLodge yesterday, said teachers, policymakers, communities and stakeholders should accept these facts even if we have to change traditional practices that have long been in place.

“The field of education needs to act fast. If not the teachers’ role will face challenges and become less relevant. This is because technology has been able to penetrate into classes and take over some roles of teachers.

“A teacher’s role cannot definitely be fully taken over by technology. However the approaches of online learning need to be customised to the needs and abilities of each student’s demand so that the ability, competence and role of the teacher is more streamlined,” she said.

Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh speaks at the event. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The acting minister also quoted His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah during the Teacher’s Day celebration on September 23, 2019 where His Majesty said “Teachers should not be tired to increase knowledge because as knowledge grows among teachers, it will spill over to the students.”

She said educators must increase and expand capacity to offer wider knowledge.

“Continue to strengthen digital competency and technology to teach the younger generation the skills and competency of the 21st Century like creativity, competitiveness, critical thinking, problem-solving, adaptability and being mature in facing issues,” Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah said. She said various levels of curriculum will continue to be reviewed to equip students with the level of knowledge in the STEAM subjects, digital literacy, global competency, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

“The Ministry of Education will continue with its effort to make sure that SPN21 can provide equal access to quality education through several paths as well as to fulfil various needs.

“In highlighting the phases of change, the formation of values and student identity must continue to be strengthened,” the acting minister added.

She said through SPN21 curriculum, strengthening students’ religious beliefs and personal development are the priorities to produce a generation who is not only educated, skilled and technology-savvy, but a generation with characteristics of a global citizen and has the Bruneian identity as well as spiritual values besides upholding the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy.

Organised by the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) as the host country, the two day 18th Annual PGN Congress carries the theme ‘Pendidikan Global Pertahan Jati Diri Bangsa’.

The congress is attended by members of the Indonesian Teacher’s Association, West Malaysia Malay Teacher’s Union, the Union of Singapore Malay Teachers and Brunei Malay Teachers Association bringing together more than 90 participants.

PGN is a platform for knowledge sharing as well as strengthening cooperation among the four Malay Archipelago countries.

This year’s meeting also marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of PGGMB. It is also held in conjunction with the 29th National Teacher’s Day celebration.