Second Temburong secondary school in the pipeline
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Education is still in discussions with the Ministry of Development on plans to build a new secondary school in Temburong.
The Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, in response to Temburong Legislative Council representative, YB Hj Sulaiman Ahad’s question on the progress of the project, said consultants for the project were appointed on April 4, 2014.
“The consultants had come up with the design concept of the building and is currently still in discussions with the Ministry of Development,” he said at the afternoon session of the 12th session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday.
The education minister however did not specify a timeline for the project, but reassured that the project will be implemented as soon as possible.
Sultan Hassan Secondary School is the sole secondary school in Temburong district. One of the main buildings of the school was shut down in 2011 due to unstable ground structure. The school then introduced temporary classrooms in the style of portable cabins as a temporary measure to accommodate students and staff.
In a previous article, the project for the new school was scheduled to begin in April 2016, with completion targeted by October 2018.
The minister also addressed issue of students’ and teachers’ comfort while studying in the portable cabins.
The cabins’ size are bigger than the size of an average classroom, and are equipped with air conditioners, he said adding that the ministry does not take the issue lightly.
He added, despite the circumstances, the school had managed to improve on their O-level examination performance, which was an indication of the students’ and teachers’ perseverance.
In 2014, only 14.5 per cent of the school’s O- level students managed to score five O-levels, while last year, the number increased to 25.79 per cent.
The lack of teachers in Temburing was another issue raised by YB Hj Sulaiman.
The education minister said the lack of teachers in the district is not a pressing matter.
“In 2015, there are 942 pupils and 129 teachers in primary schools, with the ratio of teacher to pupils being one to eight. For secondary level, there are 849 students to 95 teachers (one to nine ratio). Four Centre for British Teacher (CfBT) educators are also posted in Temburong,” said the minister.
To optimise available teaching resources, the Department of Schools had streamline teaching periods.
Teachers from secondary and primary schools were also relocated to schools that faced shortages, and the relocation will continue if and when the need arises, he added.
The Brunei Times