MoE modifies curriculum for schools

Rokiah Mahmud

With no new cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam, schools, higher education institutions (IPTA), private schools and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) will resume learning and teaching sessions on July 27.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman during a press conference on Wednesday addressed the question on students catching up with subjects and curriculum requirements, especially for those who will sit for major examinations.

“The Ministry of Education (MoE) has modified the curriculum and the subjects taught at schools,” he said.

“Our ministry is currently arranging programmes with schools on how to catch up with their teaching, as well as student academics, especially since most of the syllabus was simplified during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.” He added, “Among the efforts being carried out is providing teachers with more time to teach, while reducing unnecessary assessment such as qualifying examinations, which are usually conducted for Years 11 and 12 students.

“Teachers will have more time to catch up with the subjects and teach the students, rather than conduct examination which take up a lot of time.

“So these are some of the issues being looked into, including conducting extra classes.

“Meanwhile, there are some teachers still conduct online classes, even though schools will resume normal teaching and learning sessions at the next stage.

“Our ministry is also looking into ways for students to cope with all the subjects for Years 5, 7, 10 and 12, as they will sit for major examinations next year.

“The ministry is devising strategies to deal with all these issues, while complementing what has already been done to address the matter.”