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Teachers association lauded for role in education sector

Rokiah Mahmud

The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) has played an important role in assisting the government, especially in providing education services since its establishment in 1939, said Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin

At the aged of 84, the association has gone through several changes in the educational landscape and has achieved several significant milestones, she said.

She made these comments at the opening ceremony of PGGMB’s 73rd general meeting yesterday. The permanent secretary shared that with the experience, knowledge and commitment shown by PGGMB members, the association will continue to contribute towards realising Brunei Vision 2035 to produce highly educated, skilled, successful, high-quality life, dynamic and a resilient generation, and ensure a dynamic and resilient national economy.

She urged the PGGMB management to increase their proactive efforts to promote new membership, especially among youth.

“This is to ensure that the presence of a new generation of leaders will bring a competitive and new perspective to the association.”

She added that with the challenges in education today, the Ministry of Education welcomes PGGMB’s active involvement in strengthening the education sector. With the association’s experience and background, the contribution can be translated into support for local teachers’ professional development through cooperation from the ministry, especially the Brunei Darussalam Leadership and Teacher Academy (BDLTA) in designing programmes to strengthen teachers’ professionalism, the permanent secretary said. “It will also instil good teaching ethics”.

She said, “In looking at PGGMB’s contributions, we appreciate the strong presence of schools under PGGMB that have produced students with excellent academic results, making the schools preferred choices and gaining parents and guardian’s trust to enrol their children in the schools.”

“With a strong leadership and commitment, PGGMB will be able to restore the glory of its schools by using its management to exceed past excellence,” she added.

Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin during her speech. PHOTO: SIM YH
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