The mission of the Ministry of Education is to provide holistic education to achieve the fullest potential for all by giving quality education to our children, the future of Brunei Darussalam. To meet future challenges in an ever changing world, the Ministry has developed a vision of “Quality education towards a developed, peaceful and prosperous nation”. We believe this vision will realise the nation’s aspirations and produce citizens who are committed and capable of contributing towards the continued growth, stability and prosperity of the country.
In its endeavour to develop the fullest potential of the child, the Ministry of Education continuously reviews the education system in order to meet with the demands and future challenges of the nation and, more importantly, to cater to every child’s ability and aptitude. For this, the Ministry has devised ten-year strategic objectives (2006 – 2015) prioritising human resource development in order to meet Brunei Darussalam’s need for an educated and mqarketable workforce. The education system also aims to inculcate sound moral values as a strong foundation in an era of rapid progress and change.
The Ministry of Education has a policy of providing a minimum of 12 years of education. This comprises 7 years in primary education (inclusive of 1 year in pre-school) and 5 years in secondary. In view of the importance of education in the life of an individual, the Ministry of Education is also in the process of making education compulsory for every child.
The education system places strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy, science, physical education, as well as civics and moral education. The bilingual policy introduced in 1984 enables the child to acquire the national language, Malay, and English. Proficiency in the latter enables the child to access a greater mass of information in this globalised world. School children are also exposed to ICT skills to promote creativity, independent learning and enhance higher order thinking skills.
Formal schooling begins at the preschool level at the age of five years. From the age of six years onwards, students follow six years of primary education, after which they proceed to secondary level. All students will have a common curriculum, and at the end of Year 6, they will sit for the Primary School Assessment (PSR). Students who obtained five A’s in their PSR will be channelled to the science schools.
Students who have been identified as having special educational needs require a curriculum that is modified and/or adapted according to their ability and needs based on the Individualised Education Plan and Remedial Education Plan. Individualised Education Plan (IEP) is for students who have been identified with special educational needs, in particular, those with high support needs. These students will require adaptations and/or modifications in the curriculum as well as changes in learning/teaching strategies according to the nature of their special needs. Remedial Education Plan (REP) is mainly for students with learning difficulties especially in basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics.