Thursday, June 28, 2012
EXCEEDING TARGETS: 19 institutions leap over 500 places in national ranking
BANGI: PRINCIPALS, teachers and support staff of 124 secondary schools nationwide received about RM10 million under the government’s new deal for exceeding their set educational goals.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the schools selected for the awards made up 5.51 per cent of the country’s 2,248 secondary schools.
He said the figure had exceeded the target of between four and five per cent set for last year by the Education Ministry.
The “New Deal” initiative is aimed at rewarding school principals and head teachers based on the performances of their schools under the Government Transformation Programme’s Education National Key Result Areas.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said he was happy to note that 19 of the selected schools had improved their positions by leaping 500 places or more in the national ranking.
“Two of these schools, Sekolah Menengah Agama Tarbiah Islamiah Pulau Pinang and Sekolah Menengah Agama Makarimul Akhlak Kedah, had risen 1,555 and 1,202 places.”
He said in the high enrolment schools category, Sekolah Menengah Seri Kembangan Selangor showed a huge improvement in its ranking by leaping 1,399 places.
Muhyiddin said it was also encouraging to note there were 35 government-assisted religious schools nominated under the New Deal award, with 18 selected compared with eight nominations and four selections in 2010.
He said the government’s efforts to bridge the rural-urban gap in education had been fruitful, judging from the total of 67 (54 per cent) rural schools selected for New Deal awards this year.
Of the total award money, RM930,000 will go to 124 principals, RM846,000 to the top five per cent or 470 top performing teachers, more than RM7 million for the remaining teachers and RM1.1 million for the selected schools’ support staff.
He said the government had on March 15 bestowed the New Deal awards worth RM15.6 million to 403 (5.27 per cent) of the country’s 7,648 primary schools.
“I hope those who succeed will share their experience with other schools,” Muhyiddin said.