Ministry of Education studying recommendations raised in LegCo

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE suggestion that government- run institutions and private sectors should adopt a standardised weekend break to reduce truancies in schools is not under the sole jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and involves other concerned agencies.

Education Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman yesterday took the opportunity to respond to questions related to his ministry posed by Legislative Council (LegCo) members during Saturday meeting of LEGCO.

The minister was responding to a suggestion made by Yang Berhormat Hj Awang Ahmad Morshidi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Abdul Rahman for a Saturday and Sunday school break which can increase productivity and improve student attendance.

The education minister also responded to LegCo member Hj Gapor @ Hj Md Daud Karim’s suggestions to re-evaluate and raise the monthly allowance of undergraduates from public higher education institutions taking into account the increasing cost of living.

The Ministry of Education currently provides a monthly allowance of $350 and a book allowance of $250.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said that the ministry will look into the matter and will make revisions if deemed necessary.

Another issue raised was on whether there are sufficient teaching staff for special needs education. This issue was raised by YB Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah Hj Sulaiman.

The minister said for the MoE short term plan, it will continue to organise special needs education training for teachers.

“In February to May 2015, the ministry organised a short introductory inclusive education course for primary and secondary school teachers. The course was aimed at equipping teachers with knowledge and skills to handle special needs students.

“Upon completing the course, the teachers are appointed as Learning Support Teachers (LSE) for their respective schools,” he said.

There are currently 33 Learning Support Teachers in 31 primary school and 34 Learning Support Teachers in 23 secondary schools.

The Brunei Times