Speaking to The Brunei Times after the launching ceremony of the five model schools in Rimba II Secondary School yesterday, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong (pictured), Minister of Education, said that the model schools are going to have regular sessions with a team from the the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) for monitoring process.
"In fact, we have made provisions for help desk (at ILIA), to provide assistance to (schools representatives) before they attend the regular meeting, in case their schools encounter any problems," said Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar.
"They can always pose their questions or problems to those professionals at the ILIA who would be able to help them," he added.
He underscored the importance of this collaborative approach between the professionals and practitioners to resolve any issues in the field of education.
In its website, ILIA has stated its objectives such as to be a focal point for research and training on issues and concerns related to the advancement of Brunei Darussalam, with emphasis on leadership and innovation and to promote collaborative networking between government, business and academics and society in identifying and exploiting key niches for development.
In a statement provided during the event, it said that a committee under the Ministry of Education will ensure the programmes implementation of the Model Schools are monitored and reviewed starting from the launching.
The selected model schools have set their programmes to produce skilful and highly knowledgeable students in line with the 21st Century National Education System (SPN21).
Headmistress of Panaga Primary School in Seria in the Belait District Hjh Nor Zurina Hj Assim, said the school will focus on equipping students with leadership skills in a bid to realise the school's vision of nurturing future leaders in a caring environment.
"We will come up with pilot programmes to develop those skills for our students and also put more emphasis on literacy, numeracy and communications skills," said Hjh Nor Zurina.
To support the school's programmes, it will continue its efforts to collaborate with the community outside the school through various activities such as in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT), as well as collaborate with other schools in the country and regionally.
"So, we will find ways on how to learn more from each other," she said.
Another school leader, Hj Siasa Tambah, headmaster of Sultan Hashim Batu Apoi Primary School in Temburong District, said that the school aims to become an outstanding primary school in the country.
To do so, he explained, the school has set plans such as to provide modern and conducive classrooms with IT equipment and proper furniture, to carry out outdoor learning space and to build partnership with both government and private schools as well as private sector and government agencies.
"To realise our vision and mission, the school cannot walk alone, we need support from others," said Hj Siasa.
Principal of Rimba II Secondary School Hjh Suriani Hj Noor Hashim said that all the programmes carried out will be based on the school's values comprising teamwork, transparency and trustworthiness. With this, she explained that the school will be conducting programmes that emphasises on numeracy and literacy skills. Sally Piri
The Brunei Times