School Incentive Award Presentation Ceremony

School leaders need to have confidence in the capability of students, have a high expectation on them and make an effort to narrow the achievement gap between the efficient and weak students. Speaking at the Presentation of the School Incentive Award for Primary School Assessment - PSR, GCE 'O' Level /IGCSE and 'A' Level, the Cocurriculum Incentive 2016 Award, presentation of the Recognition Certificate for coaches of the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Programme and Colloquium: School Leadership Best Practices, yesterday, the Minister of Education stressed that teachers need to make an effort to ensure every students can follow the Teaching Plan delivered by the teachers in class. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman said, school leaders are not only responsible in overseeing the school's administration and management runs in a proper manner, the infrastructure is comfortable for teaching purposes, but also to see what is going on in the classroom, monitor the teacher's teaching and monitor the progress of the children's studies. According to Yang Berhormat Pehin, the demand on school leaders today is very challenging and urged them to shoulder the challenge with a responsible attitude as the success of a school and its students rests on the shoulders of the school's leader.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi said several schools have shown a consistent achievement that continues to increase from year to year. Even though the achievement sometimes does not show a big increase but it continues to show a positive trend. This, the Minister believes is due to an organised and correct planning and implementation of strategy in order to show performance excellence. Therefore, it is vital for schools to plan and implement a strategy to identify students who require assistance and then plan and implement the correct programme to overcome the quality of the student group from an early stage and not when they will be sitting for examinations. From there, it is hoped that the school's performance improvement can be produced consistently and maintained from year to year.

Towards a better achievement in education, Yang Berhormat Pehin said, the establishment of a strong ecosystem should be constructed through cooperation and collaborations between departments and units in the Ministry of Education with sectors either in or out of the Ministry of Education. Yang Berhormat Pehin added that it has been understood that the establishment of an ecosystem can unite all initiatives, whereby all sections, units and sectors playing their respective roles in achieving the target is very challenging. This matter demands commitment and determination from various parties to make it function in an organised, directed and effective manner. In this regard, the Ministry of Education need to continue their measures and efforts to achieve their targets in the ministry by always thinking positively and with optimism.

Colloquium: School Leadership Best Practices held at the function saw two school leaders sharing their best practices. Mr. Colm Mc Dermott, Headmaster of Pusar Ulak Primary School talked about "guided Reading" while Awang Abdullah bin Ismail, Principal of Berakas Secondary School talked about 'Vision of Leadership: Theory into Practice. The Colloquium was aimed at uniting thoughts towards the latest trends and strategies in education development through the sharing of views amongst school leaders and teachers. Also present was Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom Bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Education. At the function, 25 primary schools received the PSR Incentive Award, 11 secondary schools and 3 sixth form centres received the Incentive Award for GCE 'O' Level /IGCSE and 'A' Level examinations for the success of the schools in achieving or going beyond the target and showing a significant increase in achievement.

Meanwhile, 6 schools received the School Co-curriculum Incentive Award. 3 schools received the award for the Active School Category and 3 schools received the award for the Excellent School category. The function also ran concurrently with the presentation of the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Programme Recognition Certificate to 29 recipients, first cohort of local teachers that have attended the accreditation training in the programme. They underwent 12 weeks of training involving various aspects of teaching and guidance.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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