SLP boosts students' Maths marks

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Educators who graduated from the second cohort of the School Leadership Programme yesterday vouched that the programme had been effective as students have shown marked improvements in Mathematics.

A school principal said that there was an increase from 50 per cent to 85 per cent in their students' Mathematics test results.

Lumut Primary School Principal Hjh Sediah Hj Madli said before attending the School Leadership Programme (SLP), students in their school were "very poor" in Mathematics.

"Since attending the programme, students have been showing improvements in their Mathematics in our pre-test. From May to August (since the programme started until it concluded), we saw an increase in their marks from about 50 to 85 per cent," she said.

The principal said that although the school is still waiting for students to sit for their upcoming final exams, she hopes that their Maths results will continue to improve.

Apart from helping students improve through tools acquired from the programme in teaching students, Hjh Sediah added that the programme has helped teachers work together.

"I hope all school leaders will not miss this chance to participate because it will really help to increase students' performances and change teachers' attitudes," she said.

Hjh Irwane Hj Md Zine, a senior academic teacher at the Awang Hj Mohd Yusof Primary School, said students had also shown improvements.

"Even though it has only been a few months, we have already achieved our target. We were aiming to achieve a 15 per cent subject percentage increase among our students, but we have already achieved 24 per cent," she said.

"This means that the cohort has been very helpful, because now that we have the steps and tools as our guide, we are now able to achieve higher grades from our students," Hjh Irwane added.

She explained that although she could not compare the cohort to other programmes, the programme has nevertheless increased her knowledge in leadership.

Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien (Soas) College principal Pg Hj Zahari Pg Hj Ahmad said participating in the cohort was "very enriching, and it was tailored for school leaders".

"What we did was when we went back to our school, we did research, explored existing issues and addressed it," he said.

Pg Hj Zahari explained that prior to attending the programme, students at Soas were also experiencing difficulty in Mathematics.

"They were not performing well. So we identified the problems as to why they were not doing well, by doing research," he said, adding that the tools learned had improved the "learning community" as a whole.

Pg Hj Zahari suggested that other teachers and school leaders participate in the next programme when the opportunity arises.

"I think all leaders should join the cohort because this is a rare opportunity to (acquire) new skills and knowledge for the benefit of students and teachers. The Ministry of Education has spent a big sum of money on this programme, so we should take this opportunity and learn as much as we can," he said.

The programme's second cohort, launched on May 11, was participated in by 108 teachers from 36 schools throughout the nation.

The aforementioned school leaders were awarded during Monday's graduation dinner with a "Best Practice Award", to recognise achievements undertaken by primary and secondary schools during the second cohort.

The Brunei Times