Temburong’s only secondary school set for expansion in 2016
TEMBURONG’s only secondary school will undergo an expansion in 2016 which will almost double its existing size, its principal said yesterday.
Sultan Hassan Bangar Secondary School was one of the three schools visited yesterday morning by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
After one of the main buildings of the school was shut down in 2011 due to unstable ground structure, the school introduced temporary classrooms – in the style of cabins as a temporary measure to house students and accommodate staff.
“The Ministry of Education (MoE) has been kind enough to propose an expansion from our current size of 3.46 hectares to 6.24 hectares,” said Principal Yusuf Hj Mohammad in an interview.
“It will feature brand new facilities – the main of which is a learning centre which will house the school’s students,” he added.
The project is scheduled to begin in April 2016, with completion targeted by October 2018.
The expansion will develop land behind the school, and will see the closed off building to be demolished and the cabins to be removed.
“With the new expansion, it is hoped the school can offer a more optimal environment (learning space) for students to interact and learn in,” he said.
“For the time being we have 42 cabins, which we introduced phase by phase, each of which can contain 35 students,” said Yusuf, who has been the school’s principal since 2009.
The principal said the temporary cabins were equipped with air conditioning and were spacious enough and “fit for learning”.
Other new buildings under the school’s planned expansion include a library, administration building, _surau _and a multi-purpose hall.
The principal also paid tribute to His Majesty for taking the time to inspect the school’s facilities and mingle with the staff and students.
“During his visit, His Majesty inquired about the school’s progress, especially the proposed expansion,” he said.
“All the students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be up close and meet His Majesty.”
The Brunei Times