Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education explained on the efforts carried out by the Ministry of Education in providing a solid support to schools through the Schools Department and Private Education Section.
Yang Berhormat said that the Ministry of Education has released a Media Statement on two matters namely, first the Online teaching and learning during the second term of schooling which begins on Monday, 30th of March 2020 and second, the decision of the Cambridge Assessment International Examination to cancel the Cambridge Examination for O, AS, A and IGCSE levels for May/June 2020 session. In tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education is aware on the importance in ensuring the learning momentum of students are to be continued even though at their respective homes.
In this regard, the Ministry of Education has decided for the implementation of online teaching and learning. This means, the Minister added that the delivery of teaching and learning needs to be modified based on current circumstances. At the same time, we should take into account that the capacity of each schools is different. The approach that will be implemented by schools are different depending on the school's leader and teachers' capacity. Ministry of Education will continue its efforts to provide a solid support to schools through the Schools Department and Private Education Section on the following matters:
1. To implement online teaching and learning from home smoothly including the provision of alternative teaching and learning methods according to the suitability and capacity of the school.
2. Tackling issues that may occur in conducting online teaching and learning.
3. Continue cooperation with related parties such as Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Ministry of Finance and Economy and UNN to support the online teaching and learning
Aside from the priority in providing education to the Bruneian students, the Ministry of Education also prioritized the well-being of the students, teachers and staffs in this current situation. The Ministry of Education's decision is based on the advised given by the Ministry of Health in carrying out the online teaching and learning.
The Ministry of Education will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health in ensuring the well-being, health and safety of school's teachers and Ministry of Education's staffs are taken care of.
Apart from the non-conventional teaching and learning approach, working procedures are also changing based on the current situation. School leaders can practised their respective 'Business Continuity Plan' (BCP) by implementing the work from home. This includes for teachers and staffs in the vulnerable category and are pregnant. School can also apply the 'Flexible Working Arrangements' to ensure the well-being of school staffs are taken care of.
Yang Berhormat the Minister also shared on the decision made by the Cambridge Assessment International Examination to cancel the Cambridge Exam for May/June 2020 session. Referring to the Ministry of Education's media statement on Tuesday, 25th of Match 2020, the Ministry of Education will share further information on the matter after receiving information from the CAMBRIDGE. Currently, meeting is being carried to decide the future pathway.