COVID-19 a catalyst for online learning

Wani Roslan

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman said the educational landscape in Brunei Darussalam is highly conducive for the fourth industrial revolution.

The minister said the Ministry of Education (MoE) Strategic Plan is well-informed and COVID-19 acted as a catalyst to spur online learning ahead of schedule.

“Online learning will continue and various technologies are used by our educators. It will have implications on ratio of school and home learning as well as assessment on the values of online learning,” the minister said.

Schools still play a role in nation-building hence face-to-face education will still be carried out. Schools not only provide education for students and teachers to teach, allow personalised education based on the potential of the students and caters to the needs of the students.

Technological advancements provide challenges in training teachers to use different tools as well as encourage creativity in using various educational methods to evaluate and pass on knowledge, competency and national values to the students.

The minister said those able to adapt to the changes have the opportunity to get life-long learning.

“This matter is due to the technological explosion in the era of fourth industrial revolution and not due to COVID-19. This is being examined and addressed under our Strategic Plan 2018-2022. Our children will continue to receive education, giving them the potential and opportunity to compete in the global world,” he said.

The minister said the MoE has not allowed the students to return to the hostels for now and transportation is provided.

The minister also said the second term school holiday will remain as scheduled. Discussions over whether public examination will be held later this year is still ongoing.