27 students among world’s best

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TWENTY-SEVEN students in Brunei yesterday received awards for being among the world’s top 10 achievers in last year’s O-, A- and AS-level examinations.

The Ministry of Education and Cambridge International Examination Education Management presented a total of 105 Cambridge Outstanding Achiever Awards to 74 students, including those who were named among the world’s top 10 in specific subjects.

Other awards that were handed out included top in Brunei, High Achievement and Best Across in the public examinations.

High achieving pupils who sat for last year’s Primary School Assessment (PSR) were also awarded during the ceremony at the International Convention Centre.

Acting Director of Schools Zaman Hj Gapar in his speech said the PSR, O-level and A-level results in 2015 have improved compared with the previous year.

He said pupils achieving grades A to C in all five subjects have increased by 3.05 per cent in last year’s PSR, while the O-level results have improved, “ranging from 0.21 per cent to 14.54 per cent”.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman and Deputy Minister of Education Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar took turns presenting awards to the high achieving students.

In his speech, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi called on parents to continue to be role models for their children as they play an important role in determining their children’s success.

He said the ministry is continuing its efforts to enhance the quality of students, schools and teaching to achieve Brunei’s Vision 2035.

“A major part of Brunei’s Vision 2035 will depend on our education sector. In other words, the education sector is the key pillar to Brunei’s Vision 2035 success,” he added.

One of the awardees, Nurhidayah Salim, credited her success to determination, hard work and time management.

The A-level graduate from Meragang Sixth Form Centre was named among the world’s top 10 for art and design.

“If you want to be successful, you have to be determined to work hard, manage your time, pray, focus, and most importantly believe in yourself and build your confidence,” she said.

Nurhidayah plans to raise more awareness about Brunei’s art community.

“My plan is to support youth because art is not much here in Brunei, so I hope to contribute in enhancing Brunei’s art (scene) and hope it would reach an international level,” she said.

Cyril Chin Wen Jun, a student from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, said he will continue to work hard to further enhance his knowledge and skills for the country.

The A-level student was awarded for being among the world’s top 10 in AS-level chemistry, top in Brunei for chemistry and and Best Across Four Cambridge International A-levels.

“I will continue to maintain or improve my grades further by ensuring all my work is done, listen and learn from my teachers to improve myself further,” he said.

Chin went on to say that time management is important in ensuring students understand their studies.

Another Science College student, Nurul Izzati Shuani, said time management was one of factors to her academic achievments.

She was named one of the world’s top 10 students in O-level statistics.

“Balance your studies and your leisure time. Time management is very important and the best tip for students is to start (studying) early,” said the aspiring doctor.

The Brunei Times