S’pore students visit for twinning programme
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A TWENTY-SEVEN member delegation from Singapore’s Tampines Junior College (TPJC) arrived here yesterday as part of a four round alternating cycle School Twinning Programme between Tutong Sixth Form Centre (PTE Tutong) and TPJC.
PTE Tutong, through the Ministry of Education Brunei, was selected to take part in the twinning programme with Tampines Junior College, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the ministers of education in 2006.
Themed ‘Forging a Closer Educational Relationship’, the twinning programme aims to enhance education links and strengthen education collaboration between Brunei and Singapore.
Almasri Hj Sulaiman, deputy principal of PTE Tutong said the Singapore students will attend classes with their student buddies paired up based on subject combinations.
Meanwhile, the accompanying teachers will gain an insight into Brunei’s education system by observing classroom management practices as well as exchanging teaching and learning strategies.
Another STP coordinator from PTE Tutong, Charles Lim said, “Selected PTE Tutong students from both Lower Six and Upper Six classes have been chosen as student buddies based on their excellent academic credentials in addition to active engagement in school activities, outgoing personalities as well as having similar subject combinations as the Singaporean students.”
“The rich interaction during the short stay (will hopefully enable) our guests to not only understand differences but appreciate fully the beautiful culture, heritage, language and common history of both Brunei Darussalam and Singapore,” he said.
A PTE Tutong press statement said the PTE Tutong students who had the opportunity to experience the Singaporean education system the previous year, had found the experience “exhilarating” and are now more well-rounded in a variety of skills, one of which is greater confidence to communicate effectively and network with people.
This is the first time PTE Tutong will host a school for the twinning programme, which will further enhance relations between the two schools.
The Singaporean college students are expected to visit the Malay Technology Museum, Oil & Gas Discovery Centre, an agricultural farm in Lamunin, a sago factory in Ukong and the virgin coconut oil factory in Tanjong Maya.
The Brunei Times