Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman yesterday spoke about the upgrading of the Human Resource Development Division at the Ministry of Education (MoE) to the Department of Education Management as announced by 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 during the 29th National Teacher’s Day celebration.
The department will function on four key areas – selection and recruitment; deployment and redeployment; career development; and retirement.
This was shared by the minister during the Muzakarah session with Legislative Council (LegCo) members yesterday.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah also shared on the new recruitment and selection criteria as well as the process for new teachers through the Immersion and Apprentice Programme before being offered a teaching post. The minister explained that some of the initiatives implemented by the MoE throughout 2019 is to strengthen the delivery of education at all levels including the development of students’ learning proficiency, curriculum enhancement, strengthening of assessment, provision of adequate education infrastructure and ICT services for education.
Meanwhile, in her reciprocal speech, Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman congratulated MoE on initiatives that have been implemented in 2019 that aimed to further empower the country’s education system particularly on the involvement of officers, teachers and students supporting the initiatives be it local and abroad.
She also congratulated Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) for stepping up 14 ranks to be in the 86th position in the QS Ranking of the World University Ranking among Asian region for the year 2020 and UTB for climbing up 44 steps to be ranked at 137th.
“One of the achievements made by the ministry is the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Programme (LNCP). There are now 206 people who have been recognised as local coaches to train and share their knowledge with the local teachers and eventually to replace the international coaches.”
“Last October, 10 students were presented with certificate of appreciation for the Voluntary Pre-School Assistant Teachers Programme. This is one of the life-long learning experiences beneficial for students, while at the same time exposing them to the culture of volunteerism and self-empowerment.”
She then mentioned that MoE has stretched its Riayah Wa Mahabbah 2019 to all government secondary schools in the country in collaboration with Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD). The involvement of the ministry through its officers, teachers and students in the international arena was also being praised by the LegCo member.