An allocation of BND19.8 million will be used for the infrastructure of primary, secondary and religious schools as well as other higher education institutions.
Among them are University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali Campus (UNISSA) in the Temburong District and permanent Politeknik Brunei campus in Ikas Bandung.
This was said by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah yesterday during the 19th Legislative Council session.
To increase marketability and capacity development as well as skill training, BND42.8 million will be available for scholarships at the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide students with the opportunity to study at top higher education institutions.
In addition, BND44.7 million will be made available for education services under the MoE to finance the hiring of experts, such as the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) to improve the students’ performance.
Another BND1.9 million will be provided for the provision of the special private school education allowance among students in need to ensure they receive comprehensive education in private schools. In addition, BND1.5 million will be made available to operate the Miftahun Najah Scheme to alleviate the burden of underprivileged parents and guardians.
Meanwhile, BND20 million will be provided under the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) for the management of i-Ready, SkillsPlus, SPIN and Tradeskills programmes to provide viable local workforce to meet the demand of current and future industries.
In line with efforts to advance research activities and the development of creative ideas and innovation, BND2.3 million will be provided under the MoE to finance the cost of research implemented by public higher education institutions.
The government also allocated BND27.5 million for focus projects to fund programmes aimed at supporting the goals of the national budget.