Outdated learning resources still in use

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BRUNEI-MUARA

TEACHERS have not adapted enough to cope with changes, as outdated learning resources are still being used, the Minister of Education said.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong said better coordination and targeting of education investment and training are needed on areas that would have the greatest impact on human capacity.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch of the Whole School ICT Development (WSID) project, the minister said teachers act as the link needed to translate education investment into student learning.

Structural changes to education and improvement of teaching facilities will equip students with the skills to learn in the age of information communications technology (ICT), teachers remain the most valuable assets of an educated nation, he said.

“No strategy, however brilliant, can be implemented successfully unless the people who have the most important jobs know what they need to do differently… the quality of an education system can never exceed the quality of its teacher,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar, quoting a McKinsey report studying the world’s best performing school systems.

The minister added that educators need to focus on the “soft areas” of teacher capabilities, given the complexity of ICT.

He also hoped the WSID initiative would work hand in hand with the Brunei Teacher Standards and the Brunei Teacher Academy in raising the quality of teachers in the country.

The Brunei Times