IN THE efforts to maintain and rally various aspects of quality education, the Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday hosted the 2015 School Leadership Forum at the International Convention Centre.
According to a press release from the ministry, present at the forum was the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, as well as the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail.
The School Leadership Forum aimed to be a platform for signifying quality education within schools under MoE and provide school leaders the opportunity to develop and share ideas regarding education and leadership.
The forum also aimed to enlighten school leaders on the quality values and resources that can be implemented into their schools, especially with regards to upholding the objectives of SPN21 in tandem with Vision 2035.
One of the major factors identified to improve the quality of education is through the autonomy provided to school leaders. Amongst the areas emphasised is the role of effective school leaders as strong educators who anchor their work on central issues of learning and teaching, and continuous school improvement. This involves working collaboratively with staff and school community to identify discrepancies between current and desired outcomes; set and prioritise goals to help close the gap; to develop improvement and monitoring strategies aimed at accomplishing the goals; and to communicate goals and change efforts to the entire school community. Yesterday’s session also saw the continued importance of identifying staff development needs that are in alignment with school improvement priorities and the needs for these to be addressed with appropriate professional learning opportunities.
With the support of the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday’s session also heard a keynote speech by Sir Michael Barber, a British educationist and Chief Education Advisor to Pearson PLC.
Around 400 school leaders, deputy principals, assistant headmasters and senior teachers attended yesterday’s forum. The event also included a sharing session by two catalyst schools, Orang Kaya Besar Imas Primary School, Subok, and Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Mohd Yusof Primary School, on their success stories in raising PSR achievements in the year before. In previous years, these schools were among those with achievements of less than 75 per cent in grades A to D. Under an MoE special initiative which began in August 2014, these schools have managed to boost PSR achievements. Orang Kaya Besar Imas Primary School, Subok, for example, made remarkable achievements from 67 per cent in 2013 to 93.1 per cent in 2014 whilst Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Mohd Yusof Primary School made an 18 per cent improvement from 2013 when the school achieved 79.17 per cent increase in 2014’s PSR.
Also present at the forum were Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Core Education); Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education); Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education); Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti POKLW DSS Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education); Haji Abdul Rahim bin Derus, Acting Director General of Education; directors, school leaders and senior teachers as well as officers from the Ministry of Education.