Be ready for crisis through a sustainable education system

Lyna Mohammad

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah during the celebration of the 32nd Teachers’ Day yesterday reiterated the need for the nation to be ready to face any crisis by building a more sustainable system, because a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic could happen again.

Her Majesty 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. Her Majesty said 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 His Majesty.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at yesterday’s event. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam issues the titah. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

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

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 learning loss among students. The monarch also stressed the need for the Ministry of Education to focus on providing a safe and healthy environment for all students.

Her Majesty believes that teaching in the new normal and the use of new technologies during the pandemic has opened up innovation in education in terms of curricula, methods and technologies of teaching, assessment, exams and school environment. With schools now fully open, several new teaching methods were found to be effective and continued.

Her Majesty hopes that teachers will equip themselves with information technology (IT) knowledge and skills as they are the pioneers of lifelong learning.

Her Majesty noted that several initiatives have been implemented to transform the country’s education, including upgrading schools’ IT infrastructure; and providing internet equipment and data to teachers and students in need.

“These serve to support learning using technology in line with the MoE’s digital transformation plan,” the monarch said.