School leaders urged to improve their leadership skills

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE minister of education yesterday called on school leaders to improve their leadership skills towards bolstering the education system.

Speaking at the Sixth National Education Forum, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said school leaders are responsible for making a difference in children’s education and leaving an impact on the next generation of leaders.

He explained the country’s future and economic development relied on the education system and school leaders in rising to meet these demands and challenges.

“This must be done with a sense of urgency because we need to develop and enhance our students’ overall achievements in both academic and marketable skills to enable them to be competitive in the global population and in the global economy,” said the minister.

School leaders, he added, are required to set direction, take responsibility in making learning a priority and “keeping it there”.

“Especially today, when education in Brunei Darussalam is experiencing a notable time of transformation with the many demands and expectations of the primary and secondary education initiatives,” he said.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi also urged the participating school leaders to implement the knowledge they gained from the one-day forum at the International Convention Centre, Berakas.

“Great and passionate school leaders are vital to our education system, because they change the trajectory of children’s lives for the better. They stir curiosity and illuminate the power of learning,” he said in his opening remarks.

About 400 school leaders from all government schools and colleges convened at the forum including the Ministry of Religious Affairs and private schools for the first time.

Acting Director of Schools Zaman Hj Gapar said the forum enabled the school leaders to learn from one another by sharing their knowledge and experiences, promote better understanding and provide a platform to strengthen cooperation.

He hoped the forum will continue to take place to provide school leaders with the opportunity to “gather for a common cause and to uplift (their) professionalism”.

The forum comprised lectures delivered by British consultants from the National College of Teaching and Learning in the United Kingdom, followed by closed-door sessions presented by selected outstanding school leaders.

The Brunei Times