Three students gain admission to S’pore school

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THREE students have been selected to study at the National University Singapore (NUS) High School of Mathematics and Science.

The Year Eight students are Wee Haw Huei from Pg Jaya Negara Pg Hj Abu Bakar Secondary School, Yong Hong Jun from Paduka Seri Begawan Science College, and Fuad Hj Hussain from Seri Mulia Sarjana School.

The students, accompanied by their parents, met with Ministry of Education officials yesterday, including Acting Minister Dato Seri Setia Hj Yussof Hj Ismail.

The acting minister gave advice to the students and their family members on how to cope with their studies and living in a different environment for the next five years.

“Despite being in the same region as Brunei, living in a different country may come as a cultural shock to some of you. It will teach you how to be independent and to mature at such a young age, away from your parents, but do not forget your roots and your family,” he said.

In an interview, 14-year-old Wee said he was excited and scared at the thought of studying abroad, but expressed his readiness in facing the challenge of studying overseas.

“It was quite hard, especially the interviews where there were a lot of people in the interview room. It made me more nervous and the test itself was difficult,” he said.

He said a lot of self-initiated hard work and motivation were needed to keep oneself from reaching the goal.

“I went through by studying by the books. I learned it page by page, but none of the questions actually came out on the test itself.

“A lot came from thinking how to solve problems we are faced with and not solely going by the books. I would advise others to study hard and of course, smartly,” explained Wee, adding that luck played a role in his securing a place in the programme.

Yong, 13, said he was nervous thinking of studying overseas, as it would be his first time, but he was reassured that his parents would be accompanying him for two weeks before he settled down at the hostel.

“I am not going to lie, it is going to be hard but I am going to try my best. I am usually scared of new things but I am willing to try it out and see what happens from there,” he said.

“The selection process was quite tough for me and I was quite happy that I passed.

“For me, the interview was easier as I just talked and said what I felt. Regardless, both were difficult to an extent but I managed to get through,” Yong added.

The programme, which is a joint working group between Brunei and Singapore has been ongoing since 2007.

Students were selected based on their competency in Mathematics and Science.

A total of 89 student candidates were chosen from 29 government and private schools across the country to sit for an examination.

Only nine were shortlisted for the interview, before three students were chosen to enrol in the programme.

The programme would allow them to join Year 2 at the NUS High School.

To date, 19 students have joined the programme since its inception in 2007.

Six of the students have completed their Bachelor’s degree in various fields from universities in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

Four more students who are a part of the NUS High School Programme are expected to complete their diploma from the varsity this year.

The Brunei Times