Students have resumed their studies online effective today, 18 August 2021, with a number of major exams and convocation ceremonies being postponed in the foreseeable future.

According to Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Hamzah Hj Sulaiman in a press conference on Tuesday, the online learning directive applies to all primary, secondary and international schools, colleges, sixth form centres and private schools that are under the purview of the Ministry of Education (MoE) as well as schools under the purview of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

In light of this, for students who have limited access to the internet and devices such as computers, laptops and tablets, added the minister, online learning will be conducted through social media platforms or any appropriate telecommunication applications that can support the delivery of learning materials via mobile phone.

A student seen studying online for his Ugama lesson. Image: Yusri Adanan

Similar to last year, there will also be educational TV programmes aired on RTB to supplement students throughout their online learning as the programmes will be aired on school days. The programming schedule will be shared through MoE’s social media account.

YB Dato Hj Hamzah called on schools nationwide to maintain their respective Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and initiate Work-From-Home (WFH) for all teachers and school staff beginning Wednesday, 18th August 2021 until a later date that will be announced.

The Education Minister also announced the postponement of several major examinations which will be subject to the development of the COVID-19 situation in Brunei.

File photo: Students seen happily doing their school activity during pre-COVID days in the sultanate. Image: Yusri Adanan

The Primary School Assessment Examination (PSR) scheduled for Thursday, 14th October has been postponed to Tuesday, 16th November.

In regards to the Brunei Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Brunei Cambridge General Certificate of Education (BC GCE) ‘O’, ‘AS’ and ‘A’ Levels, the MoE is still in consultation with the relevant examinations board on this matter.

Meanwhile, all end of year exams will either be postponed or cancelled subject to the COVID-19 situation in Brunei.

All convocation ceremonies this year including Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’s (UNISSA) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s (UTB) are also postponed until a later date that will be announced.

File photo: Graduates of UTB from the previous seventh convocation at ICC held before local COVID-19 transmission hit the country. Image: Infofoto

Announcements regarding the aforementioned examinations will be shared by the MoE through their official channels, the minister added.

The minister then expressed gratitude towards teachers, parents and guardians for their understanding, patience and most importantly support towards students to ensure that they are not left behind during these challenging times.

For more information and latest updates, members of the public can visit MoE’s website at www.moe.gov.bn or contact their COVID-19 Operations Centre during office hours at 2382396.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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