Schools undergo rigorous selection

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE 20 schools involved with the Whole School ICT Development (WISD) project under e-Hijrah will be the foundation to ICT and innovative learning in the country.

The 20 schools was announced by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong, on Tuesday (November 12) at the opening ceremony of the Whole School ICT Development workshop recently.

The schools, which were selected from across the country, were SM Jamalul Alam Secondary School, Berakas Secondary School, Sayyidina Husain Secondary School, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Secondary School, PAP Hjh Rashidah SB Secondary School, Sayyidina Ali Secondary School, Sultan Hassan Secondary School and Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI).

The list also include one college, Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah and Sports School.

For primary schools, the selected schools were Raja Isteri Fatimah Primary School, Lambak Kanan Jln 49 primary School, Dato Mohd Yassin Primary School, Katok A Primary School, Panglima Barudin Limau Manis Primary School, Muda Hashim Primary School , Danau Primary School, Sungai Teraban primary School, Sultan Hassan Primary School, Muda Hashim Primary School.

Shahrizal Hj Emran, Programme Manager of the e-Hijrah Office of Programme Management (OPM), said the schools went through a thorough selection process that include assessment on their change readiness, among others.

The schools were selected out of the 160 public schools in the country.

“We chose schools that are really ready to drive the changes that is going to happen and ready to drive it forward,” he said.

He added that the strict process was because “we do not want the risk of choosing the wrong school, who are not ready for it.”

The schools selected were widespread across the country and did not only focus on schools in the city area, he added.

The project is one of the project under Ministry of Education’s programme for ICT in Education, e-Hijrah.

e-Hijrah began in 2010 with the development and publication of a comprehensive Strategic Framework and Blueprint. Since then several e-Hijrah projects have been underway.

Whole Schools ICT Development Project is one of the latest core projects (began in September this year) under e-Hijrah.

The project, slated to be completed by July 2014, will be UK’s Imagine Education , with the funding from National Development Plan Funding via the e-Government National Centre (eGNC).

Dr Baldev Singh, principal consultant of Imagine Education, said the WSID project aimed at understanding how Brunei schools can develop its ICT culture through four focus areas-Leadership ICT Capability, Students’ Digital Age Literacy, Teacher CT Competency and 21st Century Learning and Teaching.

The 20 schools will be working on these four focus areas.

“The Whole Schools ICT Development (WSID) Project is focused on designing and developing Bruneian tools and resources to support modern ways of teaching and learning using ICT and includes Teacher ICT capability, Student ICT Capability, School Leaders ICT Capability and 21st Century Learning Frameworks and Processes.

These tools and resources will be deployed by schools in the future using the principles and practices of Whole School Development. We need to ensure that whatever frameworks that we use Support National Educational System for the 21st century (SPN21) and perfect for Brunei,” he said.

The Brunei Times