290 Arabic students awarded for excellence

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of 290 students from Arabic and religious schools in the country received excellence awards at the International Convention Centre’s Musyawarah Hall yesterday following outstanding examination results last year.

Of the total 290 students, 128 recieved an award certificate for their Primary School Asessment (PSR); 41 for their Certificate of Religious School Examination (SSSRU); 62 achieved oustanding results in the Brunei Religious Studies Certificate (SPUB) examination; 54 obtained disctinctions in their Brunei Religious Education High Certificate (STPUB) examinations and 5 achieved distinctions for their General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (BC-GCE ‘A’ Level) subjects.

Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said it is his ministry’s responsibility to continue ensuring the progressive development of students undertaking religious studies in the country.

Delivering a speech during an award presentation event, he added the continuous growth of Arabic and religious schools in the country are also under the ministry’s responsibility.

“For us whose work is religious affairs, whether under the Ministry of Religious Affairs or in other government ministries and agencies, our responsibility is to ensure religion is our driving force forward,” said the minister.

“And how do we show that it actually is (our driving force)? By giving the best service we can through our roles and responsibilities that are bestowed upon us.”

He added that “willingness” and good cooperation with one another is vital to provide the best service.

YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin said that stakeholders involved are responsible in ensuring that religious and Arabic schools remain significant and relevant.

The ceremony was held by the Islamic Studies Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

One of the award recipients, Aliyah Hj Mat Dani from Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Secondary School Boys (SMALHB), in a sideline interview said a well-planned studying schedule played a vital role in her achievements.

“I wouldn’t mix my Arabic and science stream for revision on the same day,” said the 18-year-old who chose to continue taking both streams during her A-levels.

“So if I needed to study for my Arabic subjects, I would set out the books that I needed to revise for on my left and made sure I went through each one,” she said, adding that she would not start work right after school as she needed to first take a break.

The Brunei Times