Tuition class operators need to register with the MoE: Minister

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THE accreditation of private tuition centres was questioned yesterday during the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session.

Yang Berhormat Haji Gapor Karim yesterday asked whether tuition class providers in the sultanate have to seek prior approval from the Ministry of Education and whether the ministry monitors home tuitions.

He also queried the terms and conditions imposed on tuition operators.

The village head of Kg Belimbing said that his questions are for the benefit of parents who are “rushing to get their children to attend tuition classes provided by private institutions”.

In his response, the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi Haji Osman said that individuals or institutions who wish to run tuition classes are required to submit an application to the ministry’s Private Education Section for approval.

In regards to the conditions imposed on tuition centre operators, the education minister said that the operator must be a Brunei citizen with a diploma in Education Administration and Business Administration.

He added that operators should also have experience in the administration and supervision of education institutions and schools.

“If the owner is a civil servant, he must obtain prior approval from the Prime Minister’s Office,” he said.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi explained that the approval of Ministry of Education (MoE) for tuition centres is subject to the Development Control Competent Authorities.

These authorities include Land Department, Labour Department, Municipal Department, Town and Country Planning Department, the Traffic Control and Investigation Department, the District Offices and the Ministry of Health.

In the case of tuition classes conducted in private houses or home tuitions, the education minister said that most home tuitions are not registered with the MoE and due to this, the ministry is not able to monitor them.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said any home tuitions that are not registered and approved by the ministry should not be operational.

When asked whether unregistered home tuitions are illegal, the education minister declined to comment adding that there is no solid definition for home tuitions for them to be deemed as illegal.

The Brunei Times