Royal check on schools
By Azlan Othman

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam showed his concern on the infrastructure, teaching and learning, students' discipline and facilities provided by the educational institutions when the monarch made surprise visits to two secondary schools, yesterday morning.

The ruler also asked a student on the weight of his school bag, took a closer look at the storage of school equipment including tables and chairs and a small electrical sub-station.

Clad in police attire, His Majesty first visited Sayyidina Hussain Secondary School in Jerudong at 9.30am and later went to Sayyidina Hassan Secondary School in Jln Ban 5 in Mukim Kilanas.

Present to brief the monarch throughout the visit was Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Dyg Apsah bte Hj Abd Majid. Also in attendance was Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, Pg Dato Hj Abd Hamid.

His Majesty was welcomed at Sayyidina Hussain School by its Principal, Cikgu Hjh Rosni bte Hj Amin. Lessons were taught as scheduled as His Majesty toured classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms and library, which accommodates the Asean corner. His Majesty exchanged greetings with teachers and students, asked about teaching and learning, flipped through textbooks and exercise books to check the content and posed for group photographs.

At a classroom in Sayyidina Hassan School, the ruler showed interest on the topic that was being taught detailing the reign of his late father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III between 1950-1967.

Present to brief His Majesty at Sayyidina Hassan School was its Principal, Hj Jumat Salleh, and Deputy Principal 1, Hjh Suraini bte Hj Noor Hashim.

Sayyidina Hassan Secondary School has over 2,000 students and close to 200 teachers. The 12-year-old school's mission is to provide students with a comprehensive opportunity for educational and personal development through supportive and caring learning.

Beginning this month, some students will be sitting for GCE 'O' level examination, mid-year exam for Form 4, 2 & 1. - Borneo Bulletin (11th May 2006)