YSHHB programme boosts PSR results

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TUTONG

PRIMARY School Assessment (PSR) results of students in Tutong District under Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s (YSHHB) Education Intervention Programme have improved over the years, said an education counsellor.

According to Hj Ali Yusri Abdul Ghafor, assistant director of the counselling section of the Department of Schools, this was achieved through the Tuition Class Project under the programme.

At a briefing yesterday for parents of students in Tutong District, Hj Ali Yusri said this success was a good indication.

In 2014, 86 per cent of students from two Education Intervention Programme centres in Tutong passed their PSR examinations compared to 60.71 per cent in 2013. No data was given for 2015.

“Parents play an important role in this. They must motivate their children and ensure that they go to these classes.”

The Tuition Class Project targets low-performing students from underprivileged families with the hope of bolstering their examination results and academic performance.

Parents praised the programme’s ability to help bring up their children’s grades.

A housewife, Aminah Tarif, said the programme through its Tuition Class Project is a good initiative by YSHHB to provide extra help for students.

Alhamdulillah, my child is sitting for her PSR examinations and has all the help she can get (thanks to) this programme,” she said.

“So much of the curriculum has changed since my time. It’s hard for me to help my child, especially since I’m not that fluent in English and most of her subjects are in English. So I’m very thankful to YSHHB.”

Aminah said she hopes other parents share the same view and will follow through with the programme until it ends.

Another parent, Abu Hasif Othman, said the extra studying hours will definitely help his children and will also help reduce the burden on his older children.

“My older children would usually help the younger ones, but they also have their own jobs and things to worry about. We really do appreciate any help we can get.”

Abu Hasif, who is a security guard at one of the government offices in Tutong District, said he wants his children to succeed in their exams and have better paying jobs.

“There are so many things going on in the world right now, and technology is evolving so fast. I don’t want my children to fall behind.”

He noted that jobs are now difficult to come by, so it is imperative that his kids stay disciplined in terms of academic achievements. He added that the programme should be continued for several years to come.

“If the programme can get to more people who need the help, Insya’Allah, our nation will have even more educated people who can contribute to the development of the country.”

Present during the briefing was one of the members of YSHHB’s Board of Directors, Hj Awang Mohammad Hanafi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Abdul Rahman.

This year, a total of 137 students were selected to participate in the programme, consisting of 116 PSR students and 21 Year 10 and Year 11 students.

The briefings took place in the morning and afternoon at Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School.

The programme will start on February 21 and conclude at the end of September.

Established in 2006, the programme was initially targeted toward PSR students at schools in Kampong Ayer. In 2009, the programme included O Level students and widened its scope two years later by utilising a tuition centre at YSHHB Secondary School.

An Education Intervention Programme centre was opened in Tutong in 2013, and by 2014, it had two centres each in Tutong and Brunei-Muara.

This year, the programme will also be implemented in Belait and Temburong.

To date, almost 1,000 students have enrolled in the programme.

The Brunei Times