MoE to introduce National Literacy and Numeracy Standards this year

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education will be introducing a National Literacy and Numeracy Standards to identify and address students’ level of proficiency this year.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the new standards would allow educators to provide intervention for students, as early as Year 1, to meet the expectations of each level.

He told The Brunei Times that, under the programme, the ministry plans to engage with 60 specialised teachers in English, Mathematics and Science from overseas to train some 200 local educators.

“We have a global international standard to be met and through (the training) is how we plan to achieve it,” he said.

He explained that the standards will be on par and applicable to those used in other countries.

“We know more or less what the standards require... We are also part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and that is what we want to achieve,” he said.

“This standard applies not just to Year 1, but throughout the education levels. We are working closely with other agencies and once we finalise them, it will be carried out this year,” he added.

The minister also said that at present, there were no plans or changes to the education policies but the ministry is looking to make adjustments on things if deemed necessary.

“For instance, the plans that have led to the success of the Primary School Assessment (PSR) examination will still be carried out,” he said.

“And what we have carried out in the past will also be continued and improved,” he added.

The Brunei Times