HRH visits Yayasan’s tuition centres

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik yesterday took a closer look at Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah’s (YSHHB) tuition centres, which have been providing free classes to academically-challenged students from less fortunate families.

In his capacity as chairman of Yayasan’s Committee of Governors, the prince conducted his first working visit to two tuition centres under the foundation’s Education Intervention Programme in Brunei-Muara district.

The two centres that he visited were Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School.

YSHHB has set up a total of eight tuition centres nationwide to assist the selected students to excel in their studies.

The intervention programme was launched in 2006 to prepare academically-challenged pupils for the Primary School Assessment (PSR) exams.

In 2010, the programme was expanded to include O-level students in four subjects – Malay, mathematics D, English and combined science.

Sufinah Hj Sulaiman, acting volunteers coordinating officer at YSHHB, said 3,788 have undergone the intervention programme since its launch.

A total of 648 students are taking part in the programme this year, she said in an interview on the sidelines of the prince’s visit.

Sufinah said YSHHB works closely with the Ministry of Education’s Department of Schools and Department of Services and Transportation to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Under the programme, teachers and recent university graduates volunteer their time to tutor the students.

A total of 30 volunteers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Volunteer Club and incubatees of the varsity’s Entrepreneurship Club act as assistants to the volunteer teachers during the once-a-week tuition classes.

UBD’s head of Entrepreneurship Village, Adna Rahman, said they began volunteering for the programme in February this year.

She said it is one way of giving back to the society by providing a conducive learning environment to the students.

There are three tuition centres in Brunei-Muara district, two each in Tutong and Temburong, and one in Belait.

Prior to his visit, HRH was briefed on the progress of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School by Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, chairman of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Administrative Board and member of Yayasan board of directors.

Managing director of YSHHB Hj Brahim Hj Ismail also briefed HRH Prince Abdul ‘Malik on the education intervention programme in a closed-door meeting.

Education is one of YSHHB’s five objectives, providing support aimed at improving education including assistance in the field of research, education programmes as well as facilities.

At UBD, HRH visited three classes during their Mathematics, English and Science lessons to have a closer look at how each lesson was carried out.

The prince was also introduced to former students who were recipients of special scholarships under YSHHB’s Education Intervention Programme.

The students are now studying in sixth form centres, colleges, as well as IBTE institutions.

Also present during the working visit yesterday were Minister of Education YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, who is also chairman of Yayasan Board of Directors; Second Finance Minister YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, who is the first vice chairman of Yayasan Board of Directors and Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong, second vice chairman of Yayasan Board of Directors.

The Brunei Times