Framework proposed to spur students’ academic development

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) will implement a new framework next year to enhance the academic development of primary and secondary school students.

This was said by Deputy Minister of Education, Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar in a speech during yesterday’s STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Game Based competition prize presentation ceremony.

Though the Deputy Minister did not elaborate much on the framework, he said it will be implemented next year.

“I believe this framework, that has been prepared with the cooperation of the Prime Minister’s Office, will strengthen the academic foundation and further enhance academic achievements at the higher level,” he said.

Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom said this will underpin the holistic education that schools provide to better prepare students to thrive in a fast-changing and highly-connected world.

As part of the framework, the Education Ministry also aims to improve the student’s Brunei-Cambridge GCE O-level, with a passing rate of at least five O levels by 2016.

He added that a ‘whole-nation’ approach is essential in achieving this, urging the cooperation and support from all stakeholders- parents and the community.

The Deputy Minister of Education also hoped the STEM Game Based Competition would be able to inspire students to engage in STEM subjects and gain students interest in pursuing a career in STEM.

Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom said that one of the challenges faced by the ministry is the efforts in increasing the passing rate percentage of pupils in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) examinations.

He said he is happy with TelBru for taking a stance in its social corporate responsibility for working with MoE in developing programmes to enhance the student’s creativity and their innovativeness.

The Deputy Minister said such competitions not only present an invaluable opportunity for the students but also is a platform for curious and high-achieving students to explore the frontiers of this century’s science and technology.

He noted that the PSR results in Mathematics and Science subjects have shown improvements compared to the previous year.

As many as 83.93 per cent achieved an A to C grade in Science, an increase compared to the previous year of 75.53 per cent.

The Deputy Minister added that only 64.81 per cent of students managed to achieve at least a grade C in Mathematics this year, an improvement compared to last year’s 62.29 per cent.

Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom said this is positive development and called for more efforts from parents and community members in making more improvements through intervention programmes in helping MoE achieve its target.

He said MoE has implemented various initiatives in improving pass rate for the PSR, adding that the ministry wants 90 per cent of Year 6 students to obtain grades A to C in the PSR examination in 2017.

The Brunei Times