‘PIBG has smaller role to play in gov’t secondary schools’
THE profile of the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) in government schools has a tendency to diminish after primary education, according to the chairperson of the association’s first workshop in Belait.
Mohd Hatta Hj Suhaili, an officer at the Ministry of Education’s Department of Schools, said the influence and membership of the association is positively seen in primary government schools across the country, correlating with better achievement in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) examinations, where its presence is the highest.
But several factors, the biggest being a more distant relationship between parent and child, has led to a steady decline in the influence and membership of the association in secondary schools.
Hatta said parents are more likely to leave teenagers, who actively seek more independence, to their own devices.
“While children eventually need to become more independent, the parents’ role in encouraging and addressing their children's needs in secondary education is still very vital,” said Hatta.
Attendance is one area that affects both primary and secondary schools, which the association - due to its membership composition - has the ability to address.
“Making a difference to attendance is an issue that needs to be understood from the ground up, starting with parents.
“Solutions offered need to be ones that will actually be used, and the association can offer the MoE insight into what’s needed,” said Hatta.
Sayydina Ali Secondary School’s deputy principal said secondary students could also face other social and academic problems that require the counsel of parents.
“The ‘middle-man’ role the association has between school staff and students still has value for secondary education as teens have yet to mature into full adults,” said Mohd Shamry Hj Md Sani.
The Brunei Times