RM10mil New Deal incentives awarded

Thursday June 28, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/nation/11565450&sec=nation

BANGI: The Government has awarded close to RM10mil worth of New Deal incentives or Bai’ah to secondary school heads and teachers.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said 124 or 5.5% of secondary schools exceeded the performance targets set under the National Key Result Areas last year in order to qualify for the incentives, compared to 92 schools in 2010.

“We can be proud that the Government’s effort to narrow the performance gap between rural and urban schools has been successful, as 67 rural schools (54%) received the incentives out of the 124 schools chosen,” Muhyiddin said in his speech during the incentives presentation ceremony yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said 19 schools moved up 500 places and above in the School Composite Score. SMK Seri Kembangan recorded the highest jump of 1,399 places, from 1,930 in 2010 to 531 last year.

Muhyiddin said schools would be evaluated under the Malaysian Education Quality Standard 2010 starting from next year.

Under the New Deal, school heads receive certificates and RM7,500 while 5% of the top teachers in the selected schools get RM1,800, with the other teachers receiving RM900 and support staff getting RM500.