Ministry to implement toolkit to help schools bond with others

Sunday September 30, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/30/nation/12105272&sec=nation

By JOSEPH SIPALAN
jsipalan@thestar.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry will implement a comprehensive toolkit to help schools develop strong cooperation with parents, society and the private sector starting from next year, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the toolkit would provide specific guidance to schools on building their relationship with the three groups, which had been identified as key contributors to educational excellence.

“This toolkit will also enable each school to develop its own prospectus and a complete plan on the involvement of parents and society as guidance,” he said during the launch of the Sekolah Alam Shah Alumni charity expedition here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said parents, society and the private sector played a pivotal role in fast-tracking improvements to the quality of education in the country.

“In this context, my ministry will ensure that these three groups are directly involved as partners in education. The focus will be to use the advantages of various parties to provide quality education in a unified and efficient manner,” he said.

One of the steps to be taken to reach out to the three groups was providing parents with direct access to their children’s progress in school, added Muhyiddin.

Earlier at Karnival Bestari, Muhyiddin also encouraged students to get a head-start in entrepreneurship by engaging in programmes that would instill values such as innovation, creativity, cooperation and individual competitiveness.

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