Thirty-seven students from Jerudong International School (JIS) and International School Brunei (ISB) have been awarded with the scholarships of the Government of 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 under the Upper Secondary Scholarship Scheme (SMA), Lower Secondary Scholarship Scheme (SMB) and Special Scholarship Scheme in Sports during a ceremony at The Garden’s Veranda Banquet Hall Restaurant in Rimba Garden Central, yesterday.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Chin Wei Keh presented the scholarships to students.
Head of the Scholarship Division of the MoE Julaihi bin Mohamad said the scholarship schemes aimed to provide opportunity to top students to study in schools with an international setting.
“Since its introduction in 2007, a number of revisions has been made in these schemes. When it started, the scheme was packaged with the Overseas Scholarship Scheme to allow students to continue their studies at universities abroad.
“The students were also bonded to be teachers at the MoE in an effort to produce high quality teaching staff,” he said.
He added, “In 2015, the scheme was revised to replace the ‘A’ Level at overseas institutions and the students were no longer bonded to become teachers. During the same year, the scheme was expanded to include students who excelled in their Primary School Assessment (PSR) and offered to study in both JIS and ISB.”
He said that the schemes provisioned a number of quotas for students from underprivileged families and have high potential to excel in their academics.
“Over the years, we have worked closely with both schools in nurturing and developing the students not only academically but also in leadership, effective communication and teamwork skills. Students in this scheme have performed excellently in their examinations,” he said.
This year saw another milestone with the introduction of Special Scholarship Scheme in Sports, one of the MoE’s efforts in supporting the 1991 National Sports Policy by providing scholarships to potential athletes to enhance their skills and excellence while continuing their studies in the academic field.
“This scheme will further enhance the commitment of the MoE in the development of sports in the country. This scheme will give opportunity for our student athletes to continue their ‘A’ Level or IB Diploma studies in ISB or Bachelor’s degree at institutions abroad,” he added.
The event also saw the announcement of the first recipient of the Special Scholarship Scheme in Sport to Basma Lachkar.
The national Wushu athlete’s achievements included two gold medals in the 11th Asian Traditional Wushu Championship 2018; one silver and one bronze medals in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, one silver medal in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, one silver medal in the 10th Asian Junior Championship in 2019 and one bronze medal in the Sukma Games 2018 in Perak, Malaysia.
Heads of departments, senior officers from MoE, officers from JIS and ISB as well as parents and guardians of the students were also present.