Seminar focuses on exam results
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MORE than 100 school leaders yesterday convened for the first day of the Principals and Deputy Principals from Government Secondary Schools Committee (JAPTIM) work plan seminar aimed at improving Brunei-Cambridge GCE O and A Level exam results in the country.
The two-day seminar at the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre is part of a work plan that aims to see government school students achieving a 60 per cent rate in getting five O levels and above and a 70 per cent rate in getting three A levels and above in 2017.
JAPTIM Chairman and Rimba Secondary School Principal Hj Malai Shah Eran Syed Hj Yussof said the seminar aimed to provide a clear direction for all school leaders on the Ministry of Education’s aims and target for 2017 and onwards.
Participants will also be able to review and re-emphasise their roles to improve the performance of their schools by centering on the designated five focus areas as well as use the seminar as an avenue to work collaboratively in developing effective strategies and programmes towards achieving the O and A-Level targets.
Following the seminar, every school leader is expected to submit a sound work plan for effective implementation to their respective schools which will enable the alignment of the schools’ programmes and strategies with the MoE’s programmes and initiatives, he said.
Hj Malai added that a book called ‘Success Stories Revealed’ will also be given to all school leaders at the end of the seminar which contains reports from performing schools in 2014 for their reference.
“School leaders are the agents of change. They (bring) changes to their respective schools with purpose; that is to improve the performance of the school to the desired target,” he said.
“(This seminar) is all about the students – the bar is raised to a level recognised by the MoE, and we are here to close the gaps to achieve better.
“Thus, we school leaders are responding to the MoE’s priority on putting ‘students’ matters above all’ and the slogan ‘Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap’,” Hj Malai said.
MoE Acting Director of Schools Zaman Hj Gapar urged school leaders to always think of research and improve strategies for internal evaluation at their schools by implementing adjustments to improve the quality and standard of internal evaluations.
He also urged them to carry out “work-reviews” and “target setting” from time to time to continuously improve their quality of performance and to strengthen skills and knowledge in observation and feedback processes to improve teachers’ performances.
He also reminded school leaders to enhance parental involvement in students’ learning through Parent-Teacher Association activities as well as systematic and purposeful meetings.
As part of the seminar, two keynote addresses were delivered by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Director of Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Hj Tajuddin and UBD Dean of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) Dr Jainatul Halida Hj Jaidin.
The MoE Director of the Inspectorate Department Tan Lian Lian also conducted a sharing session before additional sharing sessions on effective leadership practices and strategies among the seminar participants took place.
The Brunei Times