Korean expert supports SPN21

National 2 minutes, 51 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PRESIDENT and Founder of the Asia Pacific Leaders Education Programme and Dean of the Business School at Korea University, Dr Doo-hee Lee, lauded the implementation of the Brunei National Education System for the 21st century, or known as SPN21, saying that the programme is very well-organised and suitable.

SPN21, the education system of engaging students in the learning process by making the curriculum more student-oriented than teacher-oriented, was first introduced for Year Seven students in 2008, while at the primary level was introduced in 2009.

The visiting Korean expert in the field of education was one of the keynote speakers during the previous Brunei Teachers’ Day Conference 2013, which was held in conjunction with the 23rd Teachers’ Day celebration from October 30-31 at Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI). While in the Sultanate, Dr Lee took the opportunity to visit a model school and the Ministry of Education’s Media and In-Service Centre (MiSC), a facility that provides a range of interactive digital games for teaching and learning.

“My observation of all these events is that I am very much impressed by what the Government is trying to do particularly with the SPN21. It is very well-organised and suitable,’’ Dr Lee told journalists on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the conference on Thursday.

He added that the Government has strong willingness and strong drive to achieve the goals of the SPN21, so with such a good plan the very desirable results will take place soon.

From the school visits, during which he was able to get a closer look at how teaching and learning is carried out, he said that SPN21 is already in place as the schools provide new facilities, new programmes, including multimedia education.

“I also visited the MiSC (GamesLab). I was so impressed by the facility and activities they do there,” he said, adding that it reflects a real action has been made.

“I am sure you will get very good results and also you will be leading in the multimedia education,” he said.

When he visited one of the model schools, Rimba II Secondary School, he saw that the school has good quality facilities and new innovative programmes in the area of Information Communications Technology (ICT). With the ICT-based education, he added, students who are resistant to study Math in the classroom, for example, can make use of the computer programme that relate to Math and once they find it interesting they will be motivated to study the subject in the classroom.

He was also very pleased to see the creativity of the students for cartoon production in the school. “It was beyond my expectation, so I think you are seeing a good a result already and this can be a role model for any country in the world,” he said.

When asked about Brunei’s Model Inclusive Schools, which provide special needs students with the appropriate facilities and assistance, he said that it should be a good model for other ASEAN countries and the far eastern countries. “You should be very proud of the programme,’’ he said.

He underscored the importance of parents’ active role in their children’s education. “In Korea, the parent’s sacrifice (for children’s education) is essential for education, so if you only depend on school, it is not enough,” he said, adding that education is important for children and the future of the country.

The Brunei Times