Min­istry awaits ‘lab’ re­sults on SKM

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Lim How Pim re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is await­ing the fi­nal re­sult from the ‘lab’ set up by Sarawak to look into mea­sures to ad­dress the is­sue of schools with low en­rol­ment of stu­dents (SKM).

Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof said a re­cent meet­ing re­solved that Pu­tra­jaya would wait for the fi­nal re­port from Sarawak prior to any im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“I think from that meet­ing, they want to fol­low Sarawak be­cause Sarawak gov­ern­ment has set up a lab to look into how they can help SKM.

“We want to see how it goes in Sarawak, whether they will merge (SKM). There may be other pro­grammes rather than to just merge. They also en­gage rel­e­vant par­ties to dis­cuss is­sues. Sarawak will keep us in­formed,” he told jour­nal­ists after launch­ing the

I think from that meet­ing, they want to fol­low Sarawak be­cause Sarawak gov­ern­ment has set up a lab to look into how they can help SKM. — Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof, Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral

min­istry’s ‘Ex­plore Ed­u­ca­tion’ pro­gramme at Plaza Merdeka here yes­ter­day.

On di­lap­i­dated schools, Khair said the min­istry had not ar­rived at any de­ci­sion on what to do with th­ese schools.

He was quick to add that the Sarawak lab would also de­lib­er­ate mech­a­nism to help di­lap­i­dated schools.

To a ques­tion on re­li­gious schools and tah­fiz schools, he said: “I have to re­fer back be­cause they have sev­eral com­mit­tee meet­ings and I think the chair­man is deputy ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter.”

Ear­lier, Khair said the min­istry picked Sept 16 for the launch of the pro­gramme be­cause of the cel­e­bra­tion of Malaysia Day.

“This is the ninth pro­gramme held this year. We in­ten­tion­ally chose Sept 16 be­cause it was the day when Sarawak to­gether with the Malaya Fed­er­a­tion and Sabah came to­gether to form Malaysia,” he added.

He said the pro­gramme aimed at demon­strat­ing to stu­dents how they could mas­ter new life skills like ro­bot­ics.

“Through this pro­gramme, we want to show how the min­istry can help our chil­dren boost their con­fi­dence in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing im­prov­ing their pro­fi­ciency in the English lan­guage,” he said.

Khair fields ques­tions from the press at the func­tion. — Photo by Muham­mad Rais Sanusi

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