‘IB world school’ status for five
ALOR STAR: Five schools in the country have been accredited as International Baccalaureate World School (IB World School) by the world’s leading education accreditation body, the International Baccalaureate based in Geneva, Switzerland.
They are four day schools: SMK Sungai Tapang, Samarahan, Sarawak; SMK Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Star, Kedah; SMK Putrajaya Precint 9 (2), Putrajaya; SMK Pantai, Labuan and a residential school, Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the five were among 28 government schools in five countries in Asia-Pacific accredited as IB.
“Via this programme, the students are trained to become more active, humane, have a tendency for lifelong learning, emphasise on participation in social activities and group projects and be able to compete in a challenging world,” he told reporters after presenting accreditation certificate as IB World School to SMK Sultanah Bahiyah here.
Also present were Kedah state executive council (Exco) member for Education, Transport and NonGovernmental Organisation, Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain and Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.
The programme is able to produce students who possess properties to become inquirers, knowledgeable thinkers, communicators and risk takers.
Mahdzir said as such, students in government schools were able to receive quality education previously only available at elite private schools.