Manyin Takes Pride In Improving Education Level Of Rural Folk

SERIAN: Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong will not be discouraged by those who belittle his efforts in improving the education level among the people in rural communities.

He said he had been urging parents in the rural areas to prioritise education of their children as an investment for a better future, and at the same time, pledging to them that the government would improve the facilities at rural schools.

He also said he had been advising rural parents to ensure that their children would spend more time on revision and school work, and not to influence their children with negative activities such as ‘joget sampai pagi’ (merrymaking till the wee hours).

There is no other way for those in the rural areas to move forward other than through education. Yet, there are people who suddenly become critics, saying Michael Manyin talks nothing else but education.

If the children in the urban areas could perform and achieve high marks in their studies, I believe those in rural areas could also do the same, he said at the annual dinner hosted by SMK Taee parent-teacher association (PTA) at the school hall on Saturday.

Manyin, who was appointed as the state’s first education minister in May last year, also said he wanted to make sure that Sarawak would no longer be in the bottom-two position in the nation’s overall performance in public examinations.

With better programmes jointly organised by parents and teachers, as well as improvement in facilities, he believed that Sarawak could jump to Top 10 ranking over the next few years.

He also said efforts were being made to improve the students’ proficiency in English as well as to promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

He added that for this division, a ‘Speak English’ programme for all schools across Serian would be launched this March 17, with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg expected to officiate at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the dinner also held the official launch of the school hall, named ‘Dewan Babuk Jawong’ in honour of Manyin’s father.

The hall was recently completed at a cost of RM500,000.

Meanwhile, SMK Taee PTA chairman Ronald Rangkis said Manyin had been supportive of programmes meant to improve the students’ performance at school.

Kedup assemblyman Martin Ben, who was also present, handed over a RM10,000 grant to the PTA.

Also present were Serian Resident Johnathan Lugoh, Serian District Council deputy chairman Dr Simon Sinang Bada and political secretary to chief minister John David Nyauh

Source: Sarawak Government