Schools record 91.5pc attendance in first week

Izah Azahari

The first week saw a 91.5 per cent attendance for face-to-face teaching and learning since schools reopened on June 2.

This was stated by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at the daily press conference.

“It shows the commitment and trust on the part of the parents and guardians in sending their children to school, even while the country is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Face-to-face teaching and learning resumed for the second school term on June 2 for all primary and secondary schools, colleges, sixth-form centres, vocational schools and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) under the Ministry of Education (MoE); schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA); and private schools.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah said the first phase involves 23,103 students who will sit for public exams, which constitutes 25.5 per cent of the total number of students in Brunei Darussalam, for schools under the MoE and MoRA.

“In ensuring the well-being of the students and school staff, schools always emphasise social distancing, as well as personal hygiene and the cleanliness of school premises.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

“Besides that, our ministry also carries out continuous monitoring using online reporting. The results of the preliminary monitoring have shown that school staff and students are committed towards adhering to the guidelines provided by their schools in ensuring their well-being, safety and health in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Meanwhile, all schools under the MoE and MoRA have also activated QR codes as advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH). The use of QR codes will aid schools in monitoring the health of teachers and staff in schools, as well as divide them into the vulnerable and non-vulnerable categories.

“Those categorised as vulnerable are under the discretion of their school leader to set up the teacher’s lesson schedule, in ensuring the well-being of teachers and staff.”

The minister added that the MoE and MoRA will carry out regular monitoring to ensure the efficiency in the implementation of the learning and teaching sessions.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the pattern of our day-to-day work – and it is no exception in the field of education – the MoE believes that the implementation of online learning and teaching is in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era approach, and the leading direction for the education field,” he said.

“The improvement and strengthening of technology-based teaching and learning methods will continue to be implemented even after COVID-19 has passed.

“The MoE and MoRA will continue cooperating with the MoH for the latest developments and advice on the current situation. The cooperation of all those involved is necessary to ensure the well-being and safety of the school community.”

The minister expressed thanks to “all teachers who are constantly committed, creative and have taken the initiative in making sure that the teaching and learning run smoothly, as well as to parents and guardians for their support of the MoE throughout the implementation of online teaching and learning.”