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Fast tract to success

December 3, 2007

I was very happy to hear that as of next year, secondary students in Brunei will just have to study for four instead of five years up to complete their ‘O’ levels. Now why didn’t we think of this before?

Gone was also the ‘N’-level which was scrapped since last year was it, after only seeing the light of the day for a couple of years. I don’t see what was the purpose of introducing the ‘N’-level – which could also be called the ‘M’ or ‘L’ or any other alphabets (except the ‘O’ and the ‘A’). ‘N’-level students studied an extra year instead of two, after their PMB exams.

I agree that we shouldn’t let our children study too long in school when they can venture out to the real world and enjoy their lives earlier. I read an article from the New Strait Times a couple of weeks ago about a family in Singapore who is lucky to have brainy children.

The couple have three children aged 14, 12 and 4. The first and second are already done their ‘O’-levels which means that by the time they are 16 and 14, they have completed their ‘A’-levels and obtain their degrees by 19 and 17 respectively.

Now the father’s plan for the youngest child is to complete the child’s education before he turns 15 – ‘O’-level by the age of 9; ‘A’-level by 11 and a degree by 15. So how on earth could he achieve this?

The parents started introducing books to the children when they were one. They would buy any books that the children wanted so their house is full of books instead of CDs or VCDs. They also limit TV viewing to only news and current affairs. The children are allowed to use the Internet to surf for a school’s project and to play video games. The father prohibits violent-theme games. The youngest has already started to read books, encyclopaedias at that! Dinner would be filled with questions and answers on how things work and why. The parents are both doctors by the way.

Now I would like to see my children complete their education before 20 so that they can enjoy life more, maybe go away on an internship or go round the world, saving people and animals, then comeback to Brunei and contribute to their country in a meaningful and positive way. Nice!

Read this related article from the i-uk website on a number of UK universities offering degree courses which you can finish in two years instead of three. Not sure how this fast track system could affect the award of scholarships or in-service training to Bruneians.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. anonymous permalink
    December 4, 2007 11:35 am

    Interesting. If you are lucky and can afford to send your children for private tuitions then go on. Life is too short.

  2. midzo permalink
    March 19, 2008 9:37 pm

    i was googling N level to find out what it stands for and i cant find any! haha. guess its just N lah. haha. btw, i think N level was there to giv d ‘nyawa2 ikan’ form 3 students a chance to further their studies. but yeah, glad its gone now..

  3. Ramble On permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:14 am

    Hi Midzo. As far as I know, when the MoE gave the name the ‘N’-level, they said it doesnt mean anything; it could be any letter A, B or C so they named it N. I have the hunch that it was meant to be ‘near’ as it’s right before the letter ‘O’ so Near to Ordinary.

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