5% cut in MoE budget allocation

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) has been allocated a budget of $726.65 million for the 2016/2017 financial year, down five per cent from the previous year, it was revealed during the 12th session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday.

Despite the economic downturn, the government has managed to maintain its level of commitment towards education and national development, said Education Minister YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

Of the total budget, $507 million is devoted to staff salaries, $204 million to recurring expenditure and $15 million to special expenditure. YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said funds allocated under special expenditure will be spent on developing higher education institutions, upgrading equipment in vocational and technical schools, and implementing the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The minister also outlined several targets for improved exam results. For 2016, MoE aims for 79 per cent of students to obtain A to C grades, which would represent a 16 per cent improvement from 2015.

“Our target for 2015 was 74 per cent of our PSR pupils attain A to C grades… Despite failing to achieve the target, there was still a 3.5 per cent improvement over the previous year’s results,” he said.

MoE also set a target for 49 per cent of Year 11 students to obtain at least five O-levels, increasing that percentage to 60 per cent in 2017. The ministry will also take a “demand-driven” approach towards voctech education, by basing its curriculum on industry demand. MoE is aiming for 30 per cent of students to be accepted into higher education, compared to the current rate of 17 per cent.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said the government wants to increase the graduation rate of students from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), as 71 per cent of students in 2015 were able to find employment within six months of graduating.

The Brunei Times