Education ministry sets new target for PSR examination

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education is increasing its national target for this year’s PSR examination results to 79 per cent.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said that this will see a five per cent increase in its target set for grades A to C.

The target was initially set at 74 per cent whereby 28 schools met and exceeded the national target this year, said the minister yesterday at the 5th National Education Forum.

He said that the ministry’s commitment is greater now that schools have managed to exceed the previous target, noting that the improvement in the 2015 PSR results was due to the “high team spirit” between schools, parents and the ministry.

To realise the newly set target, the minister also announced the introduction of the National Literacy and Numeracy Standards.

“It is important for us to start supporting and helping our children as early as possible,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

“These standards will help us identify students’ level of proficiency as early as Year 1. Thus allowing us to provide the necessary intervention so that students will meet the expectation of each level, allowing them to progress well.”

He also called for greater engagement amongst primary and secondary school leaders to ensure the “cohesive transitions of our primary to secondary students”.

The minister then announced a national target for secondary schools whereby the target is set at 60 per cent achievement of at least five O-Level credits by 2017.

“In view of our plateauing achievement in the past five years, this may seem as a huge challenge to some,” said the minister before emphasising the importance of preparation along with the adoption of ‘correct strategies’ to realise the goal.

The education minister went on to state that success in improving the quality of education lies in how members of the ministry address their goals and tasks.

It also involves their willingness to change, he explained.

“A national target was set and initiatives were put in place. With the target entrusted upon us, it was and remains pertinent for us to embrace necessary changes,” he added.

“As we begin our new year 2016, we stay true to our commitment to improving students’ performance. Teaching and learning remain our priorities this year,” said the education minister.

The Brunei Times