English and Maths key to obtaining good results

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THE Minister of Education yesterday said that a good understanding in English and Mathematics is key for a student to score five O’s in the O-level exams.

Responding to a query by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hjh Zasia Sirin who asked if the ministry has conducted any research on the key factors that determines a student’s success at the O-level examinations, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said that statistics show the two subjects to be of utmost importance.

“From an analysis of O-level examination results between 2009 and 2014, we found that 95 per cent of students who achieved five O’s during the exam also managed to attain a credit in both English and Mathematics,” he said.

“Half of the students who attained one credit in either English or Mathematics would go on to achieve at least five O’s but out of those who fail to attain a credit in either of the two subjects, only four per cent would achieve five O’s in the examinations,” he said.

YB Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah Hj Sulaiman pointed out that only 59 per cent of students taking their Primary School Assessment (PSR) achieved grades A to C in the core subjects while only 39 per cent of students taking the O-levels obtained five O’s.

“In my opinion, the low percentage of O-level results is due to the quality of education obtained by the students during preschool and primary school... showing that the students have failed to achieve a basic foundation in education from the very beginning,” she said.

She said factors such as mental and physical health of students must also be taken into account as those who are unhealthy will have difficulty attaining good education even when they are exposed to it.

She also raised concerns on students involved in anti-social and detrimental behaviour.

“The Brunei Darussalam’s Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) 2014 study conducted on 2599 students from the ages of 13 to 17 showed that nine per cent of students have thoughts of killing themselves while six per cent have tried to,” she said.

The education minister did not provide any comments on this matter.

The Brunei Times