Posted on January 3, 2013, Thursday
KUCHING: A total of 1,399 pre-school classes have been created in Sarawak for the new school session this year, says state Education director Abdillah Adam.
He said, of the total, 1,391 classes were set up at 1,075 primary schools and two secondary schools while eight were at four Teachers Training Institutes and four Special Education National Schools.
“The classes contain 34,975 pupils, aged four to six, a hike of 16 classes this year, indicating Sarawak is serious in realising the Education Ministry’s aspiration on early education,” he said, here, yesterday.
On primary education, he said 1,263 primary schools would be operational during the school session this year.
“Of the total, 1,031 were national schools, 220 national type schools, eight Government Aided Religious Schools (SABK) and four Special Education National Schools. The enrollment of primary one to six is 252,343 including 2,153 special education pupils at Integration Special Education Programs and 182 pupils at SABK.
“Of the total, 185,529 pupils were from national schools and 66,814 from national type Chinese schools. Furthermore, an estimated 38,528 children would start their formal education in year one this year,” he said.
Abdullah said, for secondary school education, 185 schools were approved by the central agency to be operational this year.
“The enrolment at normal national secondary schools is 219,940 including 1,120 special education students. A total 3,958 students will start schooling in remove classes and 44,277 in form one,” he added. — Bernama