Be prepared for crisis through a sustainable education system: Sultan of Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, in a decree during the 32nd celebration of Teachers’ Day, Tuesday September 27, recalled the need for the nation to be prepared to face any crisis by building a more sustainable system because a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic can happen again.

The Sultan said it is time for the Ministry of Education (MoE) to develop a policy and strategic plan to achieve the goals of Brunei Vision 2035.

He noted that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Quality teachers for educational transformation”, is particularly relevant in the context of current global changes, in particular due to the Covid epidemic. -19.

The monarch said the world is facing difficult times which are impacting the education system. He added that the sultanate should be grateful that education continued despite obstacles and constraints, which the monarch attributed to teachers who were determined to make it possible.

Brunei Darussalam takes note that the World Bank has estimated that nearly 1.6 billion children worldwide have been affected by school closures during multiple waves of the pandemic over the past two years, said the sultan.

“In the first wave, the average student learning loss was over six months with 15 weeks of school closures. Without intervention, the learning loss will have a long-term negative impact on productivity and well-being. – to be students.

The monarch expressed hope that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will continue to reduce learning loss with appropriate programs and examine the effect and impact of inequality in education as well as student learning loss.