| Hakim Hayat |
AS PART of the Ministry of Education (MoE)’s continuous efforts to boost academic performance of primary schools and Primary School Assessment (PSR) results, the Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong yesterday visited Dato Othman Primary School in Lambak Kiri and Pantai Berakas Primary School.
The series of working visits to primary schools in the country, which already began earlier this year, focus on the efficiency of teaching and learning processes, as well as intervention and support programmes being implemented in the respective schools.
Some of the intervention programmes implemented in the school such as ‘Creativity in Academic’, ‘Double Lunch’, and extra classes during non-school day were found to have been effective for the students.
Some of the other issues discussed include the attendance rate which is at 94.05 per cent (National School Attendance Target is at 95 per cent) and the 47 students of the school who are currently receiving assistance from the Miftah An-Najah Scheme.
In a discussion with the school leaders prior to a tour of the school’s classrooms and facilities, the minister gave some suggestions and pledged the ministry’s commitment in supporting the school’s drive to improve its performance.
During the working visit, the minister also took a closer inspection at some of the school facilities and visited classroom sessions to learn more on the programmes being implemented.
MoE in a press release said the working visit to both schools also discussed ways of improvements that can be practiced, as well as identifying special needs of the schools.
As a main focus in education, MoE said it is actively providing support to school leaders by giving them more autonomy in the curriculum, assessment and learning resources aspects to increase the impact of learning for students. Schools are also encouraged to cooperate with each other and share their resources to optimise existing capacities. The ministry is targeting at least 74 per cent of students obtaining grades A to C in the PSR examination this year. This is in realising the target of 90 per cent to be achieved by 2017.
Also taking part in the working visit yesterday was the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, as well as other senior officials from the ministry.