Sunday November 11, 2012
The Education Ministry is drawing up an Interior Education Transformation Plan to upgrade the standard of education and reduce the gap between urban and interior schools.
Deputy Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (pic) said a special committee in the ministry had conducted extensive research on the subject which is expected to be announced soon.
“The main focus of the transformation plan is to ensure balanced education between the interior and urban areas, he said after opening the SMK Telaga school building in Pitas, Sabah recently.
The plan will ensure that every interior school must be led by competent principals and headmasters who in turn must ensure that their respective schools have adequate facilities and Internet access.
Dr Mohd Puad said the plan also included building new accommodation for teaching staff and resolving the electricity and water supply problems.
About 1,000 schools in Sabah and Sarawak are categorised as interior schools and lack basic facilities.
The government, he added, had spent RM701 million to supply electricity to all schools in Sabah which has used hybrid solar energy since 2008.
At another event in Kajang, Selangor, Dr Mohd Puad said that ministry aimed to expand the Special Education Integration programme at regular schools to achieve a special needs student target of 30% by 2015.
He said that 1,971 regular schools had implemented the inclusive education programme which involved 53,024 students who were visually-impaired, hearing impaired and slow learners.
“We lag far behind in numbers (currently 7.5%) as compared to developed countries,” he said after presenting the National 1Malaysia Special Education Sports, Co-curriculum and Arts Awards 2011 to 139 students with special needs from around the country. — Bernama