His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam watching student play a math game during Teacher’s Day celebrations held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas on 23/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Human Resource Development Division at the Ministry of Education (MoE) has been upgraded into a Department, following the consent from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The monarch in his titah at the 29th National Teacher’s Day Celebration recently said that such move is necessary to facilitate changes in the education system, which is currently facing 21st century globalisation challenges.

These obstacles may turn into threats towards national identity and culture, His Majesty said, adding a reminder for relevant stakeholders to refine the education system.

His Majesty delivering a titah at the 29th Teachers Day Celebration. Image: Infofoto

Efforts towards such, he said, should also include strengthening the role of teachers as they are the ones responsible to produce a generation who could take up to these challenges.

“Teachers need to realise that their roles are very much needed,” His Majesty said.

“I am happy to know that MoE, through its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 is undergoing efforts to strengthen its human capital, particularly by equipping teachers with professional competencies to perform their tasks and responsibilities,” he added.

The monarch also called for educators to keep learning new things, so the knowledge earned could be further shared with their students.

His Majesty consented to a selfie with students and teachers. Image: Infofoto

His Majesty then concluded his titah by wishing a Happy Teacher’s Day to more than 5,000 educators who attended the celebration.

A total of 27 teachers were selected to receive awards at the event; three for the Meritorious Teacher Award, four for Excellent Teacher Award while the remaining 20 were given Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Awards.

Kwan Pei Yan, one of the recipients of the special mentions awards said that the experience was overwhelming, noting how it was a “different” experience to be recognised for their work.

One of the recipients of the Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Awards, Kwan Pei Yan posing for a photo during Teacher’s Day celebrations held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas on 23/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

She said one of the most fulfilling things about being a teacher was to see her students grow and succeed as adults, adding that the ultimate goal for educators like her was to see their students do well in life.

“As teachers, we are also like parents where we never stop worrying about them. I actually saw some of my students today, I was proud to see them here especially when they follow in our footsteps and become teachers themselves”.

Pengiran Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam Pengiran Hj Matarsat who received the Meritorious Teacher Award said that she was thankful for the prestigious recognition, especially as a retiree.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presenting the Meritorious Teacher Award to Pengiran Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam Pengiran Hj Matarsat during Teacher’s Day celebrations held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas on 23/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

She adviced future generations of teachers to have passion in what they do and to be sincere. As role models, she believed that teachers should have discipline in order for that discipline to be carried forward by their students.

“And it is important for teachers to not play favourites. Every student has their own strength and each of them should be given equal chance to succeed. So don’t neglect any of them (students)”.

At the end of the event, His Majesty and members of the royal family proceeded to view an exhibition in conjunction with the 29th Teacher’s Day Celebration 2019 which carried the theme ‘Quality Education as the Core of Learners Excellence”.

Children reading books during Teacher’s Day celebrations held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas on 23/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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