SMSSA students win History Quiz national contest

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SULTAN Sharif Ali Secondary School (SMSSA) yesterday emerged as the winner of the History Quiz National Competition, Pehin Jawatan Dalam Trophy.

Attending as the guest of honour at studio four of Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) was Deputy Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman.

Organised by the Brunei History Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and RTB, the final round of national competition saw the champion go against the Menglait Secondary School.

Acting Deputy Principal of History Centre, Hanafi Hj Salleh was the guest speaker during the event. He said in his speech that “the main objective of this competition is to make our young generation familiar with Brunei’s history and to encourage them to take advantage of the historical subject so that the learning objectives were not only to pass the exam, but more importantly is to understand its contents”.

He said “understanding history is also related with social development, because the events of the past is a guide and reference for moving forward”.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Rostina Md Noor, the supervising teacher of the winning school said, “History subject is important as it gives us the idea of our past, it tells us about our background, our identity and so on, if we don’t have history, then who are we?”

Apart from that, she also added the benefits of the competition, by saying: “This quiz also gives benefit to those who participated because it practice the students to remember the content in the history subject, and it benefits them as most of the questions which came up during the competition are related to the history test.”

The winning team of three members received $1,500 cash prize and trophies and the runner-up of the competition was awarded $1,000 cash prize and trophies.

Twenty-seven participated in the first round and four schools entered the semifinal round.

History quiz competition is held every two years and is open to government schools and private schools across the country for years 9, 10, and 11.

The competition is a continual effort by the Brunei History Centre to promote the history of the state to all ranks of society, especially to the younger generation.

The Brunei Times