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26.09.17 27th Teachers' Day Celebration

The climax of today Teachers Day celebration was the presentation of the Teachers Day Awards to 27 recipients.  His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the awards.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi Bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs as the Co-Chairman of the 27th Teacher's Day Celebration; Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Deputy Minister of Education; and Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also present were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel as well as other members of the Royal Family.

The function commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah dedicated to Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and teachers who have passed away.  This was followed by the reading of Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The ceremony continued with the reading of Surah Ali 'Imran by Awang Ahmad Syuza'iee bin Mudim Haji Matassim, the country's representative at the 2013 International Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran in Kuwait, while the interpretation was delivered by Awang Haji Mohammad Shahrol Azmi bin Haji Abd Muluk, the Deputy Director of the Centre of Core Knowledge, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Education among other matters conveyed that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs will continue to enhance teachers' excellence.  Yang Berhormat said under the Education Strategy of Wasasan Brunei 2035, teachers' excellence is measured through the National Key Performance Index (NKPI0 1.1), which is the percentage of qualified and top quality teachers.  The latest status of the assessement shows an improvement in the 2017 target achievements.  With the improvement, the Ministry of Education hopes to acheive the target of 90 qualified and top quality teachers by 2035.  The efforts towards this include updating the existing Teacher's Professional Development Framework and Guidelines to make it more comprehensive.

There was also a presentation of a video clip showcasing a collection of His Majesty's titah related to this year's theme, efforts by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs in enhancing teacher quality through various exposures and student achievement in specific fields.

The ceremony was further enlivened with a presentation of Syair or traditional poetry titled 'Kecemerlangan Guru Teras Kejayaan Ummah' and a medley of Teachers' Day songs by Primary and Secondary Schools teachers as well as teachers from the Schools Department and the Special Education Unit.

His Majesty then presented the 27th Teachers' Day Awards.  The recipient of the Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Education Award which is the highest Teacher's Day Award was bestowed to Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs.   Yang Berhormat Pehin's contribution in education is undeniable, especially in increasing efforts towards high quality education in order to produce a generation capable of contributing the national progress and development.

His Majesty then presented the Meritorious Teacher's Award to Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali Hashim bin Haji Daud. Since becoming a Permanent Secretary in 1994, Dato Paduka played an important role in leading the efforts for the advancement of education in the country.  He was also active in activities related to community, religion and associations.

Five recipients received the Excellent Teacher's Award.  They are still in the service of His Majesty's government and represent different disciplines.  Awang Haji Mat Dani bin Haji Abu Bakar, received the Excellent Teacher's Award in School Leadership.  Pengiran Doctor Mohamad Iskandar bin Pengiran Haji Petra received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Engineering, while Awang Haji Maidi bin Haji Ahmad received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Special Religious Education.  Dayang Hajah Mariah binti Haji Abdul Manaf received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Management, and Dayang Zaitunah binti Haji Kurus received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Agro Technology.  Each of the recipients received an Honorary Certificate, four thousand dollars cash, and the priority to further education.

20 other teachers received the Special Mention Teachers' Day Appreciation Award.  Each of them also received Honorary Certificates as well as one thousand dollars cash and a plaque.  The Teachers' Day Celebration was first introduced in 1991.   The Teachers' Day Awards are significant because they represent the country' and the government's recognition to the teaching profession and professionalism.

This year's Teachers' Day carries the theme, "Kecemerlangan Guru Teras Kejayaan Ummah" or Teachers' Excellence, the Core of the Ummah's Success.  It emphasises the need for educators to be highly intellectual and to have integrity in refining the students' thinking skills and character in order to produce an independent and visionary generation.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto