Bandar Seri Begawan, Saturday, 05 January 2019 - The Ministry of Education held a Muzakarah Session with the Members of the Legislative Council on Saturday, 28th Rabiulakhir 1440H/ 05 January 2019M at the Dewan Persidangan 1, Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam.
The Muzakarah Session is an annual event of the Department of Councils of State, Prime Minister's Office with the relevant ministries and agencies concerned. The Muzakarah Session with the Ministry of Education was attended by 17 members of the Legislative Council headed by Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education was present as Chairman of the Muzakarah Session. Also present were the Deputy Minister of Education, Yang Mulia Datin Seria Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd. Salleh, Permanent Secretaries, Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Acting Director General of Education, Directors, Heads of Departments and Senior Officers in the Ministry of Education.
The Muzakarah Session commenced with a welcoming speech by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education, who emphasized the current priority of the Ministry of Education which is to improve the quality of teachers especially in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which has the potential to impact on all aspects of life including education. In this regard, teachers need to be prepared with the ability to teach students the new skills needed to overcome the challenges of the new era.
This is also to uphold the titah by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the recent 28th Teacher's Day Celebration where His Majesty advised teachers not only to teach or guide children towards exams, but also to point out how preparations are made for the rapidly expanding globalization and technology era.
Yang Berhormat Minister of Education also addressed some of the strategies and initiatives that have been and is being implemented by the Ministry of Education. It spans all levels of primary, secondary, post-secondary, technical and vocational education and higher education. All of these are aimed at creating a knowledgeable, skilled and civilized human capital in line with the vision of the Ministry of Education, " Quality Education, Dynamic Nation" and its mission " To Deliver Holistic Education to Achieve Fullest Potential for All ".
In the meantime, Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad, the head of the members of the Legislative Council, also delivered a welcoming speech at the Muzakarah Session.
It was later followed by a briefing by the Ministry of Education in the form of a video clip on several strategies and initiatives being implemented by the Ministry of Education as well as achievements throughout the year 2018 for primary, secondary, post-secondary, technical and vocational education and higher institutions.
The Muzakarah Session then continued with a dialogue session between the members of the Legislative Council and the Ministry of Education. The dialogue was held in an amicable atmosphere for the sharing of ideas, issues and proposals that can certainly benefit the Ministry of Education in its efforts to improve the quality of education in the country.