Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Hamzah Haji Sulaiman delivering his speech. Image: Infofoto

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is in the process of developing digital and cultural literacy standards under the country’s SPN-21 curriculum, in a bid to equip students with skills needed in facing the fourth industrial revolution.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Hamzah Haji Sulaiman said this at the 29th National Teachers Day Celebration, which was recently held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

In welcoming the new standards, YB Dato Hj Hamzah said his ministry is also in the progress of injecting the use of technology into teaching practices, which is hoped to enhance teachers’ capabilities to navigate students around all things digital.

Additionally, the minister also shared MoE’s plan to strengthen STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education nationwide to enhance students’ competitiveness in the areas involved.

Besides the two new standards, YB Dato Hj Hamzah also announced the appointment of 149 local teachers as English and Mathematic coaches, following the conclusion of the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Programme (LNCP) which began in 2016.

The objective of the LNCP was to deliver systemic improvement in the quality of literacy and numeracy teaching in Bruneian schools by building the capacity within MoE.

The minister added that the local coaches will be taking over the task of international coaches in guiding English and Math teachers in primary and secondary schools acorss the country.

“Currently, 30 more English and Math teachers are undergoing training to become coaches and another 130 are planned to be trained within five years”, said YB Dato Hj Hamzah setting a target of having a literacy and a numeracy coach in each public school.

He went on to say that the ministry will continually evaluate the state of education in the country for it to remain relevant, by benchmarking it with international standards such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

“The findings from this benchmarking effort will evaluate the achievement as well as identify the gaps in students’ ability to acquire and apply the skils and competencies needed in the 21st century”.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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