Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College

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Coordinates: 4°53′58.4″N 114°56′17.4″E / 4.899556°N 114.938167°E / 4.899556; 114.938167 (Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien)

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College
Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien
Address
Jalan Sekolah

,
BS8411

Information
School typegovernment, secondary
Established1951
GradesYears 7-11
Genderboys
YearbookSeri Berunai

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College (Malay: Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien), abbreviated as SOASC, is a government boys' secondary school in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. It is the first secondary school in the country. The school is also one of the only three boys' secondary schools nationwide, with the other two being Muda Hashim Secondary School and Ma'had Islam Brunei. The school provides five years of secondary education leading up to GCE 'O' Level and IGCSE qualification.

Name[edit]

The school is named after Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien III, the twenty-eighth Sultan of Brunei, who preceded the current Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

History[edit]

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College was established on 15 October 1951.[1] At the time of the establishment, it was known as Brunei Town Government English School and functioned as an English preparatory school.[1][2] It was also the first government school in the country which provided education in English.[2] The school eventually renamed to its that as it is known today in 1955.[1]

The school was the first to provide secondary education in the country. It was gradually implemented, beginning in 1953 with the introduction of Form I.[3] By 1957, the school had all five years of the secondary education and for the first time the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate examination, a precursor to GCE 'O' Level, was conducted at the school in that year for its Form V students.[3]

The British writer Anthony Burgess taught at the school in 1959.

Academics[edit]

At present, secondary education in Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College lasts five years, beginning in Year 7. At the end of Year 11, students sit for GCE 'O' Level and/or IGCSE examination. After that, they may proceed to sixth form for A Levels. Alternatively, they may also opt for vocational education at IBTE schools or other types of post-secondary education at various non-government schools.

Notable alumni[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "History of Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ a b 1955-, Asbol bin Haji Mail, Haji Awang (2010). Sejarah perkembangan pendidikan di Brunei, 1950-1985 (Cet. 2 ed.). Bandar Seri Begawan: Pusat Sejarah Brunei, Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan. p. 73. ISBN 978-9991734484. OCLC 642642811.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b 1955-, Asbol bin Haji Mail, Haji Awang (2010). Sejarah perkembangan pendidikan di Brunei, 1950-1985 (Cet. 2 ed.). Bandar Seri Begawan: Pusat Sejarah Brunei, Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan. p. 77. ISBN 978-9991734484. OCLC 642642811.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)