Integrated Education System: Its Philosophy and Implementation
in Brunei Darussalam”
Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad
Deputy Director, SOASCIS
The issue of a dualist system of education has been largely discussed among Muslim scholars and intellectuals all over the world. Efforts have been made by scholars by proposing different ideas and approaches towards achieving an ideal Islamic curriculum.
This seminar aims to share the experience of Brunei Darussalam in implementing a design model of Islamic curriculum. The idea of designing Islamic curriculum model was formally discussed among educationists in 1998, although the issue of dualism of education in Brunei was raised much earlier, in the 1970s.
Towards achieving this, on January 3, 2004, the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam implemented the ‘Integrated Education System’ in all primary schools in Brunei Darussalam. This system was implemented for only two years (2004-2005).
A fieldwork research study using a survey questionnaire was conducted in 2008 with 114 general primary school teachers to explore the issues and challenges in implementing the system.
The findings have shown that although the issue of dualism in education is currently a significant topic of discussion within Muslim societies, the teachers educationist are far behind in realizing this issue, ostensibly because they have not been exposed to the matter.
There are also other issues and challenges in implementing this system, which will be discussed in the seminar.