More Year 7 students enter girls’ Arabic school
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School (SUAMPRIPAD) recorded an increase in Year 7 students’ enrolment this year owing to more recognition on the benefits of attending Arabic schools.
A total of 381 students – 334 in Year 7 and 47 in Year 9 – for academic session 2016 were welcomed during a Briefing Registration for New Students held at the school yesterday.
School principal Hjh Rusidah Hj Talip in her speech said that there was a 16.6 per cent increase of students compared to the previous academic session.
“For next year, the total number of students (studying at the school) will reach 1,243. Currently, there are 1,066 students with 124 teachers at SUAMPRIPAD,” she said as she congratulated the students on their successful admissions.
The students entering Year 7 were from Sekolah Persediaan Arab Bandar Seri Begawan (SPA BSB) and Al-Falaah School.
The Year 9 students were from Sekolah Persediaan Arab Temburong (SPAT) and Sekolah Arab Belait (SAB). Both schools only accommodate Years 5-8.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Hjh Rusidah said that parents now have realised the advantage of sending their children to the Arabic secondary school.
“They believe that their children will learn both the general and religious education simultaneously (under the school system),” she said. The general education syllabus is the same in conventional schools with subjects like Geography, English and Physics, she added.
“We have more (subjects) available for the students and parents become more aware of how that could make them (Arabic school students) more marketable (for employment),” she said.
SUAMPRIPAD students take 16 to 17 subjects which comprised of religious and general subjects. Arabic language is also the teaching medium on top of Malay and English.
“The students sit for GCE O- and A-level examinations… Year 10 or Year 11 students who are taking GCE O-level examinations also sit for the Brunei Religious Studies Certificate (SPUB) examination. Those are the two major exams they need to do.”
The broad scope of learning offered with the combination of general and religious education is a pull factor to enrol in the school, Hjh Rusidah said.
“Studying in an Arabic school opens up more opportunity (in education and employment) for the students,” she said, adding that its alumni had gone on to careers in various fields such as dentistry, journalism, Islamic finance and medicine.
The Brunei Times