Taskforce to assist rural schools with immediate needs

SIBU: A taskforce comprising the Ministry of Education and state Education Department will be formed to look into ways to assist rural schools with immediate needs such as repairs.

Minister of Education Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said from his two-day visit to Kapit, his overall findings were problems concerning infrastructure for immediate consideration and long-term consideration.

A taskforce between the Sarawak Education Department and the (Education) Ministry will look (into this matter) � it is not just for Kapit, but other places in rural areas of Sarawak and also how to provide immediate assistance � certain matters can be assisted immediately, he told reporters during a visit to SMK Sacred Heart here yesterday.

On SMK Sacred Heart, he noted this was the second time it emerged as among the top 10 schools nationwide for its Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results.

The school has a benchmark for STPM. In 2016, you are number one (in the country) and then, you are number five (for 2017). I think next year � announcement of this year’s � you are back to number one, he said.

The school obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.35, with a 100-per cent pass rate for STPM 2017.

Touching on the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025), he said a core component for 21st century education is higher order thinking skills.

In the last 30 to 40 years, the education system is examination-oriented. It is good but at the same time, we want it to be holistic.

School-based assessment is required for lower secondary schools as we want to see from the aspect of psychometric, co-curricular and sports, he said.

Source: Sarawak Government