Juniors Incoming!

PTEM had its registration and admission for the new Lower Sixth students for the 2020/2021 session last week. The Lower Sixth registration period went on for as long as three days, from Monday, 3rd February to Wednesday, 5th February at the PTEM Lobby area. The registration time started as early as 8am until 11.30 am and continued on in the afternoon from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm. Prospective students brought both original and a copy of their IC, original and a copy of their O-level results, passport photos, registration form and most importantly, themselves.

The purpose of this admission is to get new students and also to help students who wish to pursue higher education. There were also representative teachers from each department giving information about the subjects to any students who were interested in taking it. Juniors will be joining PTEM most likely after National Day so seniors, be ready to welcome our beloved juniors!

PTEM currently offers around 20 subjects ranging from the three basic Sciences to Travel and Tourism. The school now has 106 staff members alongside with 344 students. Let us wait and be excited for the number of students to increase!

Stop, look and listen.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Last week, a viral video was spreading across social medias in Brunei concerning a schoolgirl getting knocked by car while walking across the pedestrian crossing. Fortunately there is no serious injury, but the driver was widely denounced over the web. This was because the car was speeding nearby a school, despite knowing that there is a certain speed limit near the school zone. 

It was unclear whether the driver was not paying attention, or on the phone. Regardless, going over the speed limit is also a major reason why accidents happen, especially as speeding is the factor in roughly 40% of accidents today. And drivers also should be aware that usage of cell phones while driving causes around 2,500 deaths and 35,000 injuries in the United States every year (which is about 8% of Brunei’s population) 

Brunei currently records around 7.5 road fatalities per 100,000 people, averaging out to 31 deaths per year — a starkly higher rate than countries like Singapore, Australia and the UK. Even though Brunei is clearly trying to cut down fatalities, incidents like the recent one still shows that not enough are aware of the dangers of careless driving. 

No statements from the girl’s family was released.