Sa­gah: Look at tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion from an­other an­gle

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BINTULU: Stu­dents and par­ents should look at tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion from an­other per­spec­tive.

“One should not look at aca­demic ex­cel­lence as a yard­stick for suc­cess,” said As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Na­tive Land De­vel­op­ment Datuk Roland Sa­gah.

He said most par­ents wanted their chil­dren to ex­cel in aca­demics but that’s not ev­ery­thing be­cause not all stu­dents are able to en­ter ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

He said each stu­dents had their own learn­ing ca­pa­bil­ity ... many were very good in aca­demics but oth­ers good in tech­ni­cal skills. “Life is about learn­ing. “For those who ex­cel in aca­demics the op­por­tu­ni­ties are wide open.

“The same goes to those with tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills,” said Sa­gah when of­fi­ci­at­ing at SMK Kidurong grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for its Form 6 and Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion at Bintulu Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce hall here yes­ter­day.

He was rep­re­sent­ing Min­is­ter of Util­i­ties, Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi.

Sa­gah said look­ing at the cur­rent job mar­ket, those with tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills were more likely to earn higher salaries.

Skilled man­power was needed by in­dus­tries, which is in line with the state govern­ment’s in­dus­trial pol­icy, he said, adding that teach­ers should be able to guide their stu­dents about their fu­ture di­rec­tion based on their strength and ca­pa­bil­ity.

On an­other sub­ject, Sa­gah said he was glad that SMK Kidurong is one of schools hav­ing classes for stu­dents with spe­cial needs, which is a great ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and coun­try.

Bintulu Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Fred En­tau and SMK Kidurong prin­ci­pal Rosli Salleh were also present at the func­tion.

Sa­gah presents a cer­tifi­cate to a stu­dent with spe­cial needs as Rosli (left) and Fred look on.

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