His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik has consented to officiate at the concrete laying ceremony for the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundationís new secondary school building block in Berakas. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Chairman of the Foundationís Board of Directors, Pehin Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Badaruddin and by members of the Board of Governance and Board of Directors. The ceremony started with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Pehin Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Abdul Hamid.
In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Communication, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Haji Abu Bakar who is also Chairman of the Administrative Board for the School said as from last year, the foundation has begun offering secondary education as part of its contribution to the development of education in Brunei Darussalam. Thereíre currently 53 secondary level students and until the new secondary school building is completed, they will continue to be accommodated temporarily as presently at a block of the Yayasan Primary School. The construction of the new school building which cost about ten million dollars, began in January this year and scheduled to be completed in January next year.
His Royal Highness also consented to view an exhibition on the new secondary school. The complex will have sixty classrooms that include twelve science laboratories, three computer rooms and one language laboratory. Thereíll also be a library and a lecture theatre. The new secondary school is situated in the same area as the Yayasanís Primary School and Kindergarten.
(6th Apr 2006)