‘IB world school’ sta­tus for five

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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