‘Arabic schools need more teachers’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

WITH a growing number of students, Arabic schools in the sultanate are facing a shortage of teaching staff, said the minister of Religious Affairs yesterday.

During a working visit to two Arabic Schools in the capital, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj AwangOthman said that the Islamic Studies Department (JPI) is still looking to solve the problem of recruiting more teachers.

“About 22 teachers are needed to teach subjects in the Arabic schools either for Arabic, religious or public education,” he said to local media.

This year, 100 per cent of students who took the Peperiksaan Pemilihan Calon ke Sekolah Arab exam in 2015 has been admitted to Arabic schools nationwide.

YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj AwgBadaruddin’s visit yesterday began at the Sekolah Persediaan Arab Bandar Seri Begawan and continued to the Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Secondary School (Suam Ripad).

In an interview with the media, he said that 99.5 per cent of students passed the examination and only thirty-three students failed.

“A total of 1,067 students from religious schools nationwide took the examination last year. The results are exceptionally good as more students passed and have been admitted to the five Arabic schools nationwide,” he said, noting that the admission has been increasing from year to year.

“It is a good development for religious and Arabic education in the country. This is helped by the fact that more parents have decided to send their children to Arabic schools as they are aware of the importance of religious and Arabic studies as well as its benefits,” he said

According to YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin, based on previous examination results, many Arabic school students excel in exams such as the Arabic and religious exam or Primary School Assessment (PSR).

This, he said, is an attractive factor for parents and encourages them to send their children to Arabic schools.

The event yesterday was followed by a visit to various places such as prayer halls and staffrooms where the minister looked closely at the curriculum and student activities.

Also amongst the delegation for the working visit were MoRA Deputy Minister Dato Paduka Hj Abd Mokti Hj Mohd Daud, MoRA Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Md Yussof, and other officials from JPI.

A total of 1,034 students have been admitted to the Arabic school for intake Year 5 in all preparatory school nationwide and started their studies for 2016 academic session yesterday.

According to the statistics from JPI, Brunei-Muara district has the highest enrolment with 352 male students enrolled in the Sekolah Arab Sungai Akar Bangunan PGGMB and 483 female students enrolled in the Arabic Preparatory School in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Meanwhile, in other districts, 77 students started their academic session at Sekolah Arab Belait, 95 students at Mahad Islam Brunei in Tutong and 27 students at Sekolah Persediaan Arab in Temburong.

Students who gain admission to an Arabic school will be taught religious and mainstream subjects in Arabic, Malay and English.

An Arabic school education lasts nine years: Year 5 and 6 at the preparatory school, four to five years at secondary school and pre-university education for two more years.

The Brunei Times