MoE eyes inclusive education for all special needs students this year

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THE Ministry of Education (MoE) is looking to have all special needs students under Brunei’s general education system this year.

Under the Ministry of Education’s ‘Model Inclusive’ policy, special needs students are allowed to study alongside other children to improve their academic development.

To achieve this, Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the ministry is working closely with the Child Development Centre of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to identify children of special needs and coordinating the learning method, form of support and recommendation required by the students.

The minister also responded to a question by YB Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah Hj Sulaiman on Early Childhood Care and Education.

The minister said they are looking to expand the Early Childhood Care and Education programme to children aged 3-4 years old. This will feature six components.

The six components are curriculum definition, training and promotion of educators, babysitters and assistants, improved or efficient infrastructure, monitoring system and the relevant authorities responsible.

“As shared by YB Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah, it is realised that the performance of secondary school students is influenced by their performance during primary school,” said the minister.

As a result, a Literacy and Numeracy Standard was introduced in 2015 and distributed in schools, he said.

Tools and appraisal documents are available and will be provided to all students as early as Year One, starting this year, he added.

“For students who haven’t achieved the competency level, they will continue to be incorporated into the intervention programme. This is to ensure the students will have minimum competency for each level as well as have enough knowledge to succeed in the secondary level of education.”

YB Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah also urged for the ministry to increase physical activities in schools in the mornings, in addition to the students’ extracurricular activities (ECA).

The minister assured that apart from making Physical Education available in the curriculum, the ministry has also organised several tournaments in various sports to identify future athletes and allow students to test themselves.

“To ensure the students are active, a balanced diet is also important. Last year, primary schools have started an initiative to provide breakfast to Year Six students,” said Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

The minister said the initiative to provide breakfast for Year Six students has received positive responses from parents and village committee members.

He also said ensuring the health of the students is a shared responsibility.

“I urge for students to be given breakfast before they attend school and if they don’t, the school will have provided breakfast upon arrival. This is to ensure they won’t feel hungry during lessons,” he said.

The Brunei Times