MTeach set to improve teaching, lesson designs

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE Master of Teaching programme brought together aspiring teachers and experienced mentors for the common purpose of continuously developing better lessons for students.

A preliminary review of the programme, known as MTeach, was presented to Brunei-Muara District university lecturers, school principals and teachers at the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre yesterday.

Dean of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam Dr Jainatul Halida Hj Jaidin said MTeach was established in 2009.

“With the mentors working together with the teachers-in-training (as part of the course) in lesson design, they can identify effective teaching strategies and assess teaching theories when applied in real life,” Dr Jainatul Halida said. The graduates also have access to the clinical specialist and subject specialist at SHBIE.

In an interview with The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the event, School Partnership programme leader at SHBIE Dr Hjh Sallimah Hj Mohd Salleh said the faculty is looking to strengthen its partnership with more schools.

Touching on the entry requirements of the programme, Dr Hjh Sallimah said anyone with a university degree is welcomed to apply for the programme, with official admission determined by applicants passing the interview stage.

“The interviews will not be easy and even a 2:1 or upper second class honours degree does not guarantee a placement,” she said.

“However, what matters the most is that applicants have the desire and passion for teaching.”

Director of Schools Datin Dr Hjh Asmah Hj Morni, also the ceremony’s guest of honour, lauded the programme’s intention.

“The aspiring teachers aren’t simply replacements for their mentors,” she said. “Instead both parties work together to teach the students. This to me, is a beautiful collaboration between the graduates and the teachers armed with experience.”

Dr Jainatul Halida and Dr Hjh Sallimah both hoped MTeach would give rise to a wave of professional teachers who would become agents of change.

“We hope these teachers contribute to the country’s development, aligning with the mission of the Ministry of Education and National Vision 2035,” Dr Jainatul Halida said.

Dr Hjh Sallimah said the programme had so far received 64 applicants in August 2013, with 28 more in January 2014.

The Brunei Times