Eight Brunei Administrative Scheme (BAS) scholars, who are back in the country for holidays, attended a dinner with Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned yesterday.
Also present at the dinner held at the Li-Gong Restaurant, The Empire Hotel and Country Club were Permanent Secretary (Corporate Affairs and Public Administration) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Yahya bin Haji Idris; Director General of Public Service, Jaini bin Abdullah; and other senior government officials from the Ministry of Education, Civil Service Commission and Public Service Department.
The students are undergoing attachment at the Public Service Department as part of their development programme. Two of them have completed their undergraduate studies, one scoring First Class in Management Studies and Economics and another scoring Second Class Upper in Mathematics and Actuarial Science.
Four of them are still doing their undergraduate studies while the other two are shortly joining universities for their undergraduate studies.
The BAS Scholarship was first established in 2008 with the primary aim of getting its share of par excellent GCE ‘O’ and A Level students to undergo degrees up to their Master’s Degree in relevant disciplines.
As of now, seven BAS scholars have obtained their Master’s Degrees and have been appointed as Administrative Officer Trainees. One has completed her industrial training in Singapore while two of her colleagues have just started theirs in Western Australia. The other four will be placed accordingly overseas for the same industrial training.
The scholarship is aimed at providing a pool of high-calibre Administrative Officers (AOs) who will become future executives manning policy, planning and implementation in various fields.
Up to now, 24 scholarships have been awarded. The scholars are continuously mentored and evaluated to help them stay on the right track. The session with the deputy minister and other government officials is part of the process.