​SPN21 is the acronym for Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad ke-21 or the National Education System for the 21st Century, which has been approved by the Ministry of Education in 2007. It has brought about major changes to education in Brunei Darussalam through various stages of implementation

The Education System

SPN21 aims to: 

  • SPN21 is the Ministry od Education's platform towards achieving Wawasan Brunei 2035
  • It realizes the Ministry of Education's Vision and Mission
  • SPN21 add value and raise the quality of education in line with current/contemporary needs and the anticipated needs in the future years
  • Fulfil the needs and challenges of the social and economic development of the 21st Century
  • Develop 21st Century Skills amongst students
  • Uphold and develop desired values and attitudes in line with the Malay Islamic Monarcy (Melayu Islam Beraja, MIB) concept as the national philosophy  amongst students

The rationale of SPN21 is based on the National Vision known as Wawasan Brunei 2035 which aims to make Brunei Darussalam, by the year 2035, a nation widely recognized for:
  • The accomplishment of its educated and highly skilled people as measured by the highest international standards
  • A quality of life that is among the top 10 nations in the world
  • A dynamic and sustainable economy with income per capita within the top 10 countries in the world

The eight (8) policy directions in the Education Strategy of Wawasan Brunei 2035:

  • The education mission which is to 'provide holistic education to achieve fullest potential for all'
  • Reference to the education systems and curricula of other countries indicate the need to emulate international best practices
  • Improving students' achievement, mainly on the three core subjects namely English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • Increasing the percentage of students' enrolment to Higher Education from 14% to 30%
  • Sustaining and Strengthening students' performance in Bahasa Melayu and
  • Reports from local researchers and special consultants from overseas which have identified room for improvement in the National Education System

Pillars and Schooling System
​The three main pillars of SPN21:
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SPN21 Schooling system and public examinations:
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In SPN21, all students will follow common curriculum at Year 7 and Year 8. After Year 8, students will be channeled to one of the following:

  • General Secondary Education Programme ( Year 9 to Year 10 or Year 9 to Year 11)
  • Applied Secondary Education Programme ( Year 9 to Year 11) 

Students will complete the general schooling system or proceed to vocational and technical institutions only after completing Year 10 (4-Year General Secondary Education Programme) or Year 11 ( 5-Year Secondary Education Programme) before sitting for BC GCE 'O' Level, IGCSE, BTEC or other alternative qualification. Lateral transfers between the 4-Year programme and the 5-Year programme are allowed, but subject to the students' achievement and specific requirements.

Other programmes that are also offered in SPN 21 are: 
  • Specialised Education Programme - The programme is for students who are gifted in specific academic fields such as Science and Mathematics or talented in music, performing arts and fine arts, or who excel in sports.
  • Special Educational Needs Programme - This programme is for students who are in the following need categories: 
    1. Visually and auditory impaired
    2. Mentally challenged
    3. Physically challenged
    4. Specific learning challenges

Folder: Assessment in SPN 21
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Folder: Brunei Numeracy Standards Level 7 (Year 7) To Level 8 (Year 8)
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Folder: Suggested Mathematics Scheme Of Work Year 7
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Folder: Suggested Mathematics Scheme Of Work Year 8
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SPN21 Booklet FINAL 2013.pdf
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SPN21 ENG (2013) COMPLETE.pdf
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