Evening classes to help former PKBN trainees score O-levels
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’s National Service Programme, or Program Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN) is collaborating with the Ministry of Education to provide evening classes for former trainees of the programme.
The programme director, Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli Pg Hj Ismail told The Brunei Times that currently there are around 30 former trainees of PKBN enrolled in evening classes in preparation for the O-level exams.
He said this is aimed to assist former trainees to attain at least two O-levels and provide them job opportunities should they apply as uniformed personnel.
“Some of the former members of the programme are among school leavers. Since they are already equipped with certain skills such as leadership, marching or even trained to be well-discipline, it would be easier for them to be part of the team,” said Pg Zulkifli.
“There are around 10 alumni enrolled in 2015 and this year another additional 20 are undergoing the evening classes at three secondary schools in Rimba, Lambak and Belait,” he said, adding that the duration is within one to two years and some of the alumni will sit for the exam this year.
Pg Zulkifli said the alumni are taking subjects that are easy to score such as Bahasa Melayu and Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK).
“Hopefully, through such efforts conducted by government, young people in the sultanate can be independent and successful in life. The programme benefits young people to learn and improve their skills that prove to be useful for their future career,” he said.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) earlier announced that the sixth intake of PKBN will begin on December 4, 2016 until March 13, 2017.
The PKBN’s director said that, registration for the sixth intake of PKBN is still open until the end of this October.
He said the number of applications is higher this year and many are among students who currently taking O and A-level exams.
The Brunei Times