More students taking up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE students are taking up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools, the minister of education said.

“I don’t have the figure right now but it has gone up a little bit and we want to keep this trend going,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman on the sidelines of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s University Medal and Book Prize Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

He said that his ministry will continue to monitor the new National Numeracy and Literacy Standards to improve students’ proficiency.

The numeracy and literacy standards was introduced this year to allow educators to provide intervention for students who do not meet the expected standards, starting from Year One pupils.

“(There is) still some work to be done to achieve the standard that has been set for ourselves. We are improving this by getting (more) specialised teachers in English (and Mathematics) to teach these kids,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

As part of achieving the proficiency standards, 60 international coaches have been hired to train local teachers to improve their English language and Mathematics teaching skills.

With the arrival of the 60 coaches from their three-year consultancy agreement with CfBT Education Services (B) and its parent organisation — Education Development Trust — by the end of the year, the minister said more teachers will be better trained and equipped to raise national standards.

Under the agreement, Ministry of Education officers, human resources personnel, local graduates and local coaches will be given the opportunities for mentoring and work shadowing.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi added that previous strategies and initiatives such as intervention programmes that provide extra lessons to students who fared poorly in certain subjects are still ongoing and being improved.

The Brunei Times