Bandar Seri Begawan (The Brunei Times/ANN) - The number of students from Brunei ranked among the top ten highest in the world according to their individual subjects have increased this year, said Isabel Nisbet, Cambridge regional director of Education for the Asia Pacific.
In the Cambridge Outstanding Achiever Awards ceremony held recently, Nisbet said that more students from Brunei have achieved the highest standard mark in the world in their subject.
"This year has seen improvements in the performance of candidates in Brunei schools in two of the 'O' level main subjects."
The number of candidates achieving grades A-C in Mathematics syllabus D has gone up by 4.4 per cent and in English Language the number has gone up by 1.9 per cent.
"Achievement at these levels in Mathematics and English can open important doors to students for their continued education and I congratulate all the schools and candidates involved for the good outcomes this year," she said.
A total of 74 students from both government and private schools yesterday were awarded for their outstanding achievement during last year's 'O', 'AS' and 'A' level examinations.
The recipients of the Cambridge Outstanding Achiever Awards comprised 31 students in 'O' level, 23 students in 'AS' level and 20 students in 'A' level category.
On hand to present the prizes and certificates was Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong.
With the award given, a total of 411 Brunei Darussalam school students had received the awards since 2007.
In her welcoming remarks, Acting Director of the Exams Department Hjh Kamlah Hj Daud, who is also the event's chairwoman, said that the annual event is the highest recognition given by the Ministry of Education and Cambridge International Examinations to students who have produced outstanding results in the October/November exams last year.
The recipients are divided into four categories across all subjects namely Top Ten in the World, Top in Brunei Darussalam, High Achievement and Best Across over a range of 'O', 'AS' and 'A' Level subjects.
Top Ten in the World defines those who ranked 1st to 10th in the world based on the standard marks scored in the examinations in various subjects while Top in Brunei Darussalam award goes to those who have scored the highest standard marks in the country.
The High Achievement award goes to students who have achieved the best standard mark while the Best Across award is awarded to students who have achieved the first, second and third highest cumulative total standard marks in Brunei over a range of seven, eight and nine Cambridge O Levels; three and four Cambridge International AS Levels; three and four Cambridge International A Levels.
Hjh Kamlah congratulated the award recipients for their remarkable achievements.
"The award you are receiving today not only serves as a recognition of your personal achievement but also a motivation to your peers to work harder for excellence," she said.
"This achievement is also the beginning of a new journey for you."
This year, two students from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah were received High Achievement awards in the 'O' Level Examination for two subjects namely memorising of Al-Quran and interpretation of Al-Quran with one recipient, respectively.
Also present during the award presentation ceremony the ministry's Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abd Rahman, Deputy British High Commissioner, vice chancellor and rector, deputy permanent secretary and senior officers of the Ministry of Education.
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