SPN21 effective for special education

Minister of Education YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar interacting with students at the Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School during a working visit yesterday. Picture: BT/ Hj Mohd Ali

INTERVENTION programmes held under SPN21 have helped students with learning difficulties return to mainstream education, said the Minister of Education after his working visit to two Brunei-Muara district schools yesterday.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, after touring the Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School, Kg Mentiri and the Pintu Malim Primary School, Brunei I, explained that the visits were an opportunity to look into the teaching and learning that went on at the respective schools.

The minister said that it gave him an "enriched feedback" on the implementation of SPN21.

"After the launching of the system, (the Ministry) introduced quite a number of programmes of intervention to help children to increase performance in the classroom, but also to help those students with learning difficulties," he said.

He said that he had been satisfied with how the schools have chosen to implement the programmes in their respective subjects such as numeracy and literacy and also how they addressed special needs children.

He said that those who had required special education; were equipped through the intervention programmes with the skills and knowledge, such as literacy in Bahasa Melayu and English as well as Numeracy; were able to return to class with their peers.

"In that respect, I am satisfied with the programme, which was implemented," he told The Brunei Times.

Moving forwards with SPN21, the minister said that based on regular visits made last year and this year, the SPN21 "is a learning process and a journey in education, and it is important that teachers have the skills and the patience in order to improve teaching and learning".

He added that school-based-assessment, an aspect of SPN21, also provided an opportunity for teachers to address learning difficulties between various groups of students that requires different levels of attention.

"It is important and useful, that it provides teachers opportunities to address various learning difficulties, to improve the quality of teaching and learning."

The minister, along with a delegation of senior MoE officials took place throughout the morning. The visits include a sharing session between the Minister and the school leaders of Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School, in which the minister also stated appreciate the efforts taken by the school in the form of an intervention program to assist students.

The minister and his entourage also visited various specialised classrooms, including a 'theather-classroom' the design and technology classroom, ICT labs and a pre-vocational 'life-skills' lab.

At the Pintu Malim Primary School, the minister visited classrooms and various school facilities, including a nearly completed block of classrooms to help the school with increased students.

Also present in the working visit was Dato Seri Setia Hj Yusof Hj Ismail, Deputy Minister of education Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abdul Rahman, Acting Permanent Secretary (Core Education) and Hj Suhaila Hj Abdul Karim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education).

The Brunei Times

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