KUPU SB launches 11 new publications

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SERI Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) launched 11 publications yesterday at a religious teaching colloquium.

The event was held to mark its 5th convocation ceremony, which it celebrated last October.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud launched the five books on various religious topics, two monographs, two journals and two books on guidelines to understanding Ahli Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

The new publications bring the total number for KUPU SB’s Publication Centre to 96 since 2008.

The book launching was aimed at encouraging KUPU SB academics to continue to be active in research and writing the books.

The books, written by academicians from both inside and outside KUPU SB, can be purchased at KUPU SB’s Publication Centre at prices ranging from $9 to $30.

The titles include ‘Aqidah Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah - Methodology, Understanding and Challenges’ by Syamsul Bahri Andi Galigo and Norarfan Zainal; ‘Learning Styles’ by Azizi Yahaya and Suraya Tarasat and ‘Achievement of Performance Assessment in Micro Teaching’ by Zulkifli Zakaria.

Dato Hj Abdul Mokti in his speech said teaching isn’t an easy task and he hoped that KUPU SB’s initiative to organise the religious teaching colloquium can be fully utilised to continuously improve the quality of its teachers through training and that the initiative will be a platform towards transforming teaching techniques.

The colloquium, themed ‘Enhancing the Professionalism of Religious Teachers Through Teaching Practice’ (Work Placement), aimed at sharing ideas and experiences in improving teachers’ professionalism.

It featured a keynote address from Professor Dr Majid Konting, director of the Higher Education Academy under Universiti Putra Malaysia, which focused on improving the quality of teaching through effective supervision.

The colloquium also featured presentations from the head of the Inspectorate Section at the Department of Islamic Studies, Hj Hasbi Hj Mohd Suhaily, and the head of the section’s Al-Quran unit, Hj Abdullah Hj Sahat.

The deputy minister said proactive measures in education must be taken to tackle challenges of globalisation and the rapid advancement of information technology in this century.

The increasing complexity of the roles of teachers in this era calls for integrity and creativity, he added.

“Therefore, it is the role of teachers to inspire students to use information technology correctly and responsibly. This can certainly be seen in their teaching techniques,” he said.

Dato Hj Abdul Mokti highlighted the importance of work placement which is an important component in religious teaching.

He said work placement training must be supervised effectively according to the established procedure and supervision of religious teachers must be done in line with and fulfil the quality standard set for teachers and teaching.

The Brunei Times