Primary schools awarded grants for PSR excellence
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TWENTY-EIGHT primary schools were feted with financial grants amounting to $5,000 for having 74 per cent of their students getting grades A to C in last year’s Primary School Assessment (PSR).
The awards were divided into four categories according to the number of candidates taking the exam.
The first was for schools having 50 or more candidates taking the assessment, second is for schools having 49 students or less, third for schools with less than 24 students and fourth was for schools with 10 or less candidates.
The only school with 50 or more students who achieved the target was the Hj Mohammad Salleh Primary School in Kg Sungai Hanching.
The school had 47 out of 61 candidates getting the targeted grades for last year’s examination.
In an interview with The Brunei Times at the awards ceremony held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday, Principal Hoinyisah Hj Mustapa, who received the $5,000 financial grant and certificates on behalf of the school, attributed the success to the commitment of the teachers.
“In our school, students who showed improvements in their marks were rewarded $1 for each subject,” she said, explaining that the money was collected from the school expenditure.
She added that the school would usually raise the national passing target – set by the Ministry of Education – by one per cent to motivate the teachers.
“For example, last year the target was set at 74 per cent, so we raised it to 75 per cent. Now it is 79 per cent, so we are targeting 80 per cent passing rate for 2016,” she said.
Meanwhile, four schools were feted with financial grants of $3,000 for most improved performance.
Hjh Saramah Mail, principal of Hj Mohd Ja’afar Maun Primary School in Kg Kiulap – which was among those awarded with the grant – attributed the improvement of her school to their ‘Parent Home-Link programme’.
She explained that the programme was part of the school’s initiative to enhance collaboration between parents and the students, especially through the monitoring of students’ study patterns at home.
Another recipient for the grant was the Panaga Seria Primary School, which was represented by its former principal, Hjh Nor Zurina Hj Assim.
Among the strategies the school introduced was to have a more people-centred approach in motivating the students.
“The children need to understand that they are not just required to pass the exams but that they have to handle the pressure too,” she said.
“That is why we were looking to emotionally energise them and tell them to prove that they can do it. I am happy that this year, 12 of our students got five ‘A’s in their examination compared to only two in 2014,” she added.
Presenting the financial grants to the recipients was Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.
The Brunei Times