The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) through the Brunei Religious Education Examination Board has decided to cancel the oral exams for the Religious Primary School Certificate Examinations (SSSRU) 2021. This was announced via a MoRA circular distributed to religious schools.
The school assessed marks (SAM) method will be used to grade the candidates sitting for the SSSRU exams.
The method was used for candidates unable to attend the written public exams (under the jurisdiction of MoRA) in 2021, namely – SSSRU, Brunei Religious Education Certificate (SPUB), Brunei Religious Education Higher Pre-Certificate (Pra-STPUB) and Brunei Religious Education Higher Certificate (STPUB).
The student absence was reported for a host of reasons, among them, testing positive for COVID-19, undergoing quarantine order (QO), receiving self-isolation notice and being issued a medical certificate from government hospitals, health centres and private clinics recognised by the government.
Through the SAM method, marks will be taken for Year 10 (Fast Track) students, Year 11 (Normal Track), Pre U1 and Pre U2 at Arabic Schools as well as primary six students at religious school last year, through the School Self Assessment at the end of 2020.
For the SSSRU examination, marks will be recorded from the 2021 mid-year exam, oral test for Al-Quran and Tajwid, as well as practical Ibadat lesson also held last year.
For the SPUB, marks will be taken from the first term test and qualifying exam held last year; exercises, homework and projects conducted last year, as well as the 2020 end of the year exam.
For the Pre-STPUB and STPUB, marks will be taken from the first term exam, qualifying exam, exercises, classwork and projects conducted last year.