‘Get more assistants at pre-schools’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

GOVERNMENT pre-schools should hire more teaching assistants to lower the student to teacher ratio, proposed a member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday.

This would improve the quality and effectiveness of education, said Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor @ Hj Mohd Daud Karim.

Citing an example, YB Hj Gapor said private schools such as Jerudong International School and International School Brunei have a ratio of four students to one assistant; and six students to one assistant respectively.

“It is proposed that each (government) pre-school class has at least one assistant teacher to help the teacher carry out classroom activities and attend to the safety of the students,” he said during the 10th session of LegCo yesterday.

Currently, the Ministry of Education has a programme which recruits A Level graduates - who are still waiting for their results - as teaching assistants in pre-schools.

Statistics from the Ministry of Education indicated that 108 graduates have signed up as teaching assistants for 55 schools across all four districts.

The ministry said the aim of the programme was to provide at least one assistant to every pre-school teacher

Last year, 2,772 students in 120 schools were registered in government pre-schools for the academic year.

The Brunei Times