Temburong struggles to hire teachers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TEMBURONG is still unable to attract teachers to render their services at its schools, said its district representative at the Legislative Council (LegCo).

“This has caused the total of teachers deployed to the districts unable to accommodate the needs of primary and secondary schools in the district,” Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad said.

He suggested teachers who do not hail from Temburong, but are based there, be given a special allowance as an incentive to attract more educators.

Another recommendation was an extension of the teaching service tenure to three years.

“Teachers should work here for at least three years because frequent exchanges of teachers can adversely affect the student’s quality of education,” he explained.

Education Minister YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar clarified that Temburong schools were not remote, and the contract for teachers remains at two years.

He further said the ministry only offers allowance to teachers residing in deeply remote areas, including Kg Melilas and Kg Sukang in Ulu Belait.

Meanwhile, welfare concerns have prevented 12 Temburong primary school students who achieved 5As in their Primary School Examination (PSR) from entering Paduka Seri Begawan Science College, said YB Hj Sulaiman.

He said out of 13 eligible students, only one chose to study at the Science College.

One reason was parents and guardians’ concerns on safety and well-being of their children living at hostels from a young age.

The minister said parents can visit the college to meet teachers and hostel officers who can reassure the students’ safety.

The Brunei Times