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    Hats off to 84 BIBD ALAF students

    James Kon

    A total of 84 students from the Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Advocating Life-long Learning for Aspiring Future (BIBD ALAF) receive recognition for achieving outstanding results in the 2021 academic year at the BIBD ALAF Star Awards presentation ceremony at PGGMB building yesterday.

    BIBD ALAF maintained its 100-per-cent pass rate, with all students sitting for the BC GCE ‘A’ Level exams achieving three and four A Levels.

    Meanwhile, in the GCE ‘O’ Level exams and Brunei Religious Education Certificate (SPUB) exams, BIBD ALAF students also continued to maintain excellent results.

    Assistant State Mufti (Buhuth) at the State Mufti’s Office cum Chairman of BIBD Syariah Advisory Body Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mazanan bin Haji Yusof handed out the BIBD ALAF Star Awards certificates.

    BIBD ALAF students also maintained a 100-per-cent pass rate in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) exam with eight students achieving five A’s.

    Thirteen-year-old recipient Nurul Rafiqah binti Abdul Samad from Dato Othman Primary School in Lambak Kiri, who achieved five A’s in PSR this year, said, “I am happy to achieve such good results. I was surprised that I achieved all A’s.”

    Nurul Rafiqah has joined BIBD ALAF programme since 2020 and it has helped her improve her grades and studies.

    Assistant State Mufti (Buhuth) at the State Mufti’s Office cum Chairman of BIBD Syariah Advisory Body Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mazanan bin Haji Yusof and BIBD Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Junaidi bin Haji Masri in a group photo with recipients. PHOTO: JAMES KON

    “BIBD ALAF has provided assistance in terms of school supplies and gave prizes when I get excellent results. This has given me the motivation to do well in my studies. Before PSR examination started, I attended tuition for all my subjects and this has helped improve my grades. My parent also helped to tutor me.”

    Nurul Rafiqah is the sixth of seven siblings and hopes to become a teacher.

    Meanwhile, 18-year-old Awangku Abdul Ghafur Ur Rahman bin Pengiran Abdulrahman from Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar Secondary School achieved nine A’s including three A*s said, “I am grateful to have achieved such excellent result. This is thanks to my teachers for helping me during online classes. I was not motivated at that time. Fortunately, my teachers keep motivating and pushing us to be better,” he said.

    He joined BIBD ALAF in 2016.

    Awangku Abdul Ghafur Ur Rahman said, “My dream is to be involved in research in the neuroscience industry.”

    Meanwhile, BIBD Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Junaidi bin Haji Masri acknowledged the students’ resilience in overcoming the challenges and disruptions brought about by the pandemic.

    “We are proud of their remarkable achievements. We also would like to express our gratitude towards those involved in the programmme, especially our stakeholders from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the BIBD ALAF taskforce and our employees.

    “We will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders to increase the participation of students in the BIBD ALAF programme as a platform to help them develop and elevate their respective learning to the highest level,” he said.

    Prior to the ceremony, 20 BIBD ALAF students participated in the annual BIBD ALAF Convention themed ‘Teladani Rasulullah SAW’.

    The convention is part of the extra-curricular activities organised by the BIBD ALAF programme for its students to become more innovative and creative in their contribution to lead change.

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