After officiating the opening of the paddy planting at the First Phase of the Kandol Agriculture Development Area in the Belait District, His Majesty the Sultan and Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited an education institution in Kampung Merangking and Bang Taong Longhouse alias Apak-Apak Mukim Sukang.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.

Merangking Primary School, located in rural Ulu Belait, was His Majesty's first stop. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Alitta Abet, Headmistress of the school. His Majesty's unexpected visit was a meaningful and sweet surprise for the school's teachers and pupils.

The school which was established in 1964, currently has 25 pupils ranging from pre-school until Year 6 with 11 teaching workforce. In line with the school's mission which is to provide pupils with the opportunity to build self-potential and broaden critical thinking through best practices in conducive teaching and learning, the school continues to actively implement its vision in driving success, strengthening the school's success and image.

Merangking Primary School is also active in local community involvement through the 'Outreach Program', which includes voluntary activities in the school compound. Academically, the school has carried out several initiatives such as "Mind booster" which targets the pupils' numeracy skills as well as network collaborations with private schools namely Panaga International School in Belait District. The school has also strengthened the 'Home Link' initiative which solidifies communication with parents, in order to improve the children's achievement in the school.

With the rapidly changing world, His Majesty's government continues to give attention towards equipping the young generation including students in rural schools with quality education so that they will be more dynamic and can better their lives as well as contribute towards nation development. His Majesty's visit to the school shows that education is given serious attention by the monarch.

From Merangking Primary School, His Majesty visited the Bang Taong Longhouse alias Apak-Apak in Mukim Sukang. Upon arrival, the monarch was greeted by Awang Ramimi bin Abdullah, Acting Head of Kampung Merangking.

Located some 90 kilometres from Bandar Seri Begawan, Bang Taong Longhouse is occupied by about 130 people and is headed by Rantai Anak Jawa. His Majesty's visit reflects the monarch's care and attention towards his subjects regardless of race.

Source: Radio Television Brunei