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No students in Sabah left behind

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin (top row, centre) with members of the teaching community at a ceremony held at SMK Kudat II.Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin (top row, centre) with members of the teaching community at a ceremony held at SMK Kudat II.

LIVING two hours away from the mainland and with limited seats for Form 6 in the state, Mafuzah Ummar Hassan was quite sure she would only study up to Form 5.

With three of her older siblings studying in Peninsular Malaysia, she knew that her parents were already financially stretched, working hard to support her and her siblings.

The 19-year-old lives on Banggi Island, located about two hours by ferry ride to the mainland.

“My family could not afford to send me to study outside of this island, therefore I never thought that I would get to study beyond Form 5.

“But when Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Banggi started offering Form 6 classes this year, I knew I needed to grab the chance to study there,” she said, adding that she aspired to become a teacher or an ustazah.

Mahfuzah, who scored 6As in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2018, said this meant she could return to school life and at the same time, help her family run their restaurant business.

She is one of nine youngsters in Kudat who received offer letters under the “Program Menggapai Impian” from Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin during his meeting with teaching professionals at SMK Kudat II here.

Mafuzah Ummar Hassan with her offer letter to further her studies in Form 6 at SMK Banggi.Mafuzah Ummar Hassan with her offer letter to further her studies in Form 6 at SMK Banggi.

Radzi said that the programme was part of his work visits to Sabah for the past three weeks to ensure that no students would be left behind under his watch since his appointment in March.

“This Program Menggapai Impian is meant for students who wish to further their studies in Form 6 but did not get the chance due to limited seats.

“After making some adjustments, there were still slots and those who were interested to be part of the programme were called up,” he said.

Radzi, who arrived in Kota Kinabalu last Friday, also visited Ranau and Kota Marudu to get input from teachers and the community with the hope to better improve the education system.

Throughout his working visits in Sabah, Radzi said his ministry wanted the education ecosystem to be at the highest level.

“When I came to Sabah, (I learned that) those children are high-spirited… some have to walk for hours to go to school.

“They were once staying at school hostels, but due to movement control order, the number of those allowed to stay has been reduced.

“The rest have to live at their own homes but they still walk to school. I was informed that the walking journey can take about two hours” he said.

Radzi said such an issue should be solved immediately to prevent students from dropping out of school.

He said the ministry has constantly discussed issues such as improving infrastructure, Internet connectivity and teaching and learning processes among others.

Radzi revealed that there were also many requests to build more schools in Sabah.

However, some existing schools have high capacity but the number of students is low.

“In this situation,when the given capacity is not being filled up, there are spaces to be made use of.

“The same goes for the computer and science laboratories at schools, which do not have enough computers nor science equipment inside the facilities,” he said, adding those issues should be solved in a shorter time.

As for shared school issues, where there is more than one school operating under the same building, it would take a longer time to solve.

There are three categories of “building-sharing” schools- primary school at a secondary school, vice versa, or two primary schools in the same building.

“Such issues can be easily solved as it is not that complex and those schools can be combined into one.

“The difference would only be in the school badge and administration,” he said, adding the only concern is when those schools have a large number of students.

Among 23 shared schools in Sabah, Radzi cited SMK Langkon and Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Langkon in Kota Marudu as schools that required urgent attention.

Dr Radzi Jidin (left) joined the local community in a friendly football match at the Kudat Sports Complex. PIX BY MALAI ROSMAH TUAHDr Radzi Jidin (left) joined the local community in a friendly football match at the Kudat Sports Complex. PIX BY MALAI ROSMAH TUAH

During his visit to SK Langkon, Radzi found the school premises to be in dire condition,

The school has had to conduct makeshift classes below the stilted primary school to accommodate students.

“Those kids might have hit their heads many times (for being in the makeshift classes) especially among those who are tall,” Radzi said.

SMK Langkon building was completed a long time ago but due to technical issues, students could not use the building. He said the ministry has retendered to rebuild the secondary school since July and was hopeful for faster completion.

“There are many schools that require attention, but we will look into coordinating those allocations based on priority for shared schools with high capacity,” he said, adding it is paramount to ensure the school environment is safe and conducive for students.

Meanwhile, Radzi also announced a RM800,000 fund for the maintenance of the SMK Kudat II building.

He also presented vocational certificate excellence awards and offer letters for students under “Jom Tinggal di Asrama” and “Langkah Kembali ke Sekolah” programmes.

Radzi later spent an afternoon with the local community and participated in a friendly football match at the Kudat Sports Complex.

By Olivia Miwilkudat.

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Working together for Sabah schools

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Dr Radzi Jidin speaking to students of SMK Nambayan, Tambunan.Dr Radzi Jidin speaking to students of SMK Nambayan, Tambunan.

NABAWAN: The Education Ministry needs close rapport with the state government to streamline education development programmes in Sabah.

If state and federal governments do not move on the same page, Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin said his ministry would face difficulties in implementing any programme for the state.

He said this was important to ensure Sabah was not left behind and that problems related to education infrastructure, especially in rural areas, can be tackled without any obstacle.

“The state government needs to be in line with us. The same goes for the State Education Department, District Education Office (PPD), and schools, so we can bring education in Sabah to a better level,” he said.

Radzi emphasised this in his speech during a meet-and-greet event with the Senior Education Minister at SMK Nambayan and SMK Tambunan in Tambunan as well as SK Pekan Nabawan here, on Sunday.

The same message was also reiterated in every school walkabout he did in Penampang and Keningau districts during his two-day visit to the interior of Sabah.

Radzi’s presence in the interior was very much welcomed by teachers and schools’ Parent and Teachers Association.

SK Pekan Nabawan headmaster Quirins Williams said the school community was honoured to have the opportunity to meet with the senior minister.

“We hope that his visit can provide a boost in improving the quality of education in Nabawan,” she said.

By Avila GeraldineOlivia Miwil.

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Radzi makes surprise walkabout to Sabah schools

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
Dr Radzi Jidin (seated, centre) with teachers and parent-teacher association members of SK Merampong in Keningau.Dr Radzi Jidin (seated, centre) with teachers and parent-teacher association members of SK Merampong in Keningau.

KENINGAU: Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin recently embarked on a two-day visit to schools in rural Sabah to understand for himself the plight faced by the schools and communities in those areas.

Armed with a mini notebook, Radzi jotted down details to note as he listened attentively to a briefing by the school headmaster and district education officer in his visit to SK Merampong, on Saturday

In every briefing, he would tell officers under his ministry to pay closer attention to the problems faced by each school.

SK Merampong, built five decades ago, was a dilapidated school that has since received a new classroom building that utilised the Industrial Building System (IBS). The school currently accommodates 350 pupils

Dr Radzi Jidin taking a look for himself on the facilities and infrastructure of rural Sabah schools, during a visit to SK Merampong.Dr Radzi Jidin taking a look for himself on the facilities and infrastructure of rural Sabah schools, during a visit to SK Merampong.

Although the school has received upgraded classrooms, it still uses one of the old blocks for Primary 1 and 2.

There are also other facilities that require immediate improvement such as the school’s existing open hall and computers which require upgrading in the laboratory room.

“I am here to see for myself the pressing needs of (rural) schools, so we can lay out priorities that need tackling.

“We are glad that SK Merampong has received a new building, but I observed the open hall that is also used as part of the school canteen is in poor condition. The school also has a good lab but the computers need to be upgraded. I have asked my officers to look into it,” noted Radzi.

Radzi was in Sabah for a surprise working visit to get a better view and understanding of the plight of rural schools in this part of the state.

In expressing his concern, the senior minister noted there were still many rundown schools like SK Merampong in Sabah, some of which existed since World War 2.

“Such buildings with old foundations can be hazardous. In the context of a dilapidated buildings, we need to assess the scale. If a building is classified as Scale 7 by the Public Works Department, then we need to give priority to this school.

“We must ensure students go to school in a conducive and safe environment,” he said.

Radzi also visited SMK Gunsanad II, where he announced a RM150,000 allocation for the school after learning that the hostel was lacking amenities such as beds and mattresses.

The school hostel, which has a capacity of 400, is currently housing 280 students.

The allocation is expected to provide the school hostel with much improved facilities so it would be able to benefit more students, especially those from rural areas.

Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin.

Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin.

“My commitment is to give the best. In our efforts to provide the best, we need to really understand what’s happening on the ground.

“The only way is to see for myself, so we can understand the situation in the truest context rather than just sitting in the office and depending on reports,” said Radzi.

During his visit to SMK Gunsanad II, the senior minister also spent time with educators and parents in a casual lunch gathering event.

He also took the opportunity to get input from the ground to ensure any education policy to be made in future is based on true information.

During his visit, Radzi took time off his busy schedule to participate in a friendly football match with the local community and teachers at the secondary school.

He said community engagement was part of the education ministry’s initiative to foster closer ties with the people and hoped for more of such programmes in the future.

By Avila GeraldineOlivia Miwil.

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MOE to identify holistic approach to overcome device ownership issues

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Dr Radzi Jidin interacting with students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Nambayan Tambunan during the the Kupi-Kupi event at the school today. – Bernama photo

TAMBUNAN (Sept 6): The Education Ministry (MOE)  is identifying a more holistic and comprehensive approach to overcome the lack of electronic device ownership among students, this to ensure a smoother virtual teaching and learning process at home in the future.

Its minister, Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said according to the ministry’s survey on online learning, involving 900,000 students nationwide, 36 per cent do not own any electronic device.

“There are too many students who do not have electronic devices or gadgets to be used for home-based learning including online learning.

“Due to that, the ministry is looking holistically at the best approach, to enable students to have reasonable access (to devices) and implement a comprehensive system that provide give optimum benefit to them,” he told reporters after attending the Kupi-Kupi event at Sekolah Menengah Nambayan here, today.

Also present was Sabah Education director Dr Mistirine Radin and the school’s principal Soffrie Aniar Abdullah.

Earlier, Mohd Radzi in his speech said the Education Ministry was also committed to infrastructural development in the state, including the upgrading of school buildings, as many are still in poor condition.

As such, he said the ministry would update the list of such schools to determine priorities, in order to speed up upgrading works based on the Public Works Department assessment.

Mohd Radzi also called for stronger support from the Sabah Education Department, teachers and parents, as he believed that close cooperation between the entities would create a better education system.

In the ceremony, he also presented a mocked cheque worth RM91,800 to the Tambunan District Education Office for special need students’ allowance for the schooling year’s phase two (July-Dec).

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All school co-curricular activities allowed as long as SOPs observed

Sunday, September 6th, 2020
Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin joined a friendly football match with the local community and teachers at SMK Gunsanad II in Sabah today. - NSTP/MALAI ROSMAH TUAHSenior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin joined a friendly football match with the local community and teachers at SMK Gunsanad II in Sabah today. – NSTP/MALAI ROSMAH TUAH

KENINGAU: The Education Ministry does not restrict school co-curricular and sporting activities as long as standard operating procedures (SOP) are observed.

“Although we allow school co-curricular activities to resume, there are guidelines that must be adhered to. So far, the SOPs have outlined clear details and methods on the matter,” said Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin.

“It is important for our students to be able to engage in recreational activities but still comply with the SOPs,” he said when met at SMK Gunsanad II, here, today.

Radzi said the ministry had no reason to bar co-curricular activities or oppose suggestions for its implementation as long as the SOPs were in place.

Last month, the government had announced sports and co-curricular activities in schools were to resume as usual beginning Sept 1.

Earlier, Radzi took time off his busy schedule to participate in a friendly football match with the local community and teachers at SMK Gunsanad II.

He said community engagement was part of the education ministry’s initiative to foster closer ties with the people and hoped for more of such programmes in the future.

By Avila Geraldine.

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Eight Sabah, Labuan Zone vocational colleges sign MoU with Ming Kiang Corp

Friday, September 4th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Eight vocational colleges in Sabah and Labuan Zone on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ming Kiang Corporation.

The MoU will allow students of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centres to undergo On the Job Training (OJT) at Ming Kiang subsidiaries.

The vocational colleges are in Kudat, Beaufort, Likas, Keningau, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Labuan while Ming Kiang’s subsidiaries are Advanced Business System Consultant Sdn Bhd, Arus Sawit Sdn Bhd, Graceworth Sdn Bhd and Grandis Hotel and Resorts Sdn Bhd.

The corporation was represented by Senior General Manager of Arus Sawit Sdn Bhd, Patrick Chu while the colleges were represented by their respective heads at the signing ceremony.

It was witnessed by Assistant Principal Director, Industrial Relations and External Agency Sector, Technical and Vocational Education Division, Suraimi Rithwan.

Both parties agreed to cooperate in carrying out all commitment, including knowledge and technology exchanges, within a five-year period.

Earlier, in his speech, Patrick said the MoU was crucial due to the Industry Revolution 4.0 development. “The corporation is confident of the college students’ potential.

“This is in line with Ming Kiang’s main focus to put TVET education as a game changer in the industry as well as to meet job marketability,” he said.

Meanwhile, Suraimi said the newly signed collaboration will be another high-impact programme to provide platform for students to meet the current industry demand.

Present were Deputy Director of Learning Sector, Abidin Marjan; General Manager of Grandis, Michael Tan; Chief Executive of AMC College, Chris Wong and General Manager of Graceworth Sdn Bhd, Lim Wuang Ching.

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Sabah education system must go hand in hand with needs of private sector

Monday, August 31st, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The State’s education system must go hand in hand with the needs of the private sector to decrease the number of jobless graduates.

Sabah caretaker chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said further studies must be carried out for this “educational reform” in creating tailor-made courses that should cater to market specific skill sets.

He suggested this during the Sabah Foundation one-off cash handing over ceremony at Tun Mustapha Tower.

Shafie said RM15 million was spent by the previous government administration that went to 10,838 undergraduates across Sabah.

“A total of RM1,000 went to each Sabahan studying here and RM2,000 for those studying outside the state,” he said in his speech.

Some 3,600 aspirants benefitted from the financial aid yesterday but only 100 had personally received it, following RMCO procedures.

Meanwhile, financially decaying University Sabah College Foundation (UCSF) that was hit hard by the pandemic continues to be backed.

However, the state owned institute is urged to market for students outside of Sabah so it may become self-sustaining.

“More students mean more school fees. Methods to attract them must be intensified,” Shafie added.

UCSF staff were forced to resign or take a 50 per cent salary cut with working hours reduced to three days a week in a drastic measure taken during the Movement Control Order earlier in June.

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Schools in Sabah ready for upcoming state election

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Education Department announced Tuesday, that schools around the state are ready to hold the upcoming snap state election scheduled for next month.

The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) announced on Monday that the 16th Sabah State Election will be held on September 26 pending the decision of the High Court on the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly.

The High Court is to make a ruling on Friday on an application for leave for judicial review filed by former chief minister, Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman and 32 other assemblymen, challenging the Head of State, Tun Haji Juhar Mahiruddin’s decision to dissolve the State Assembly on July 30.

Education Department Director, Dr. Mistirine Radin said that her officers recently had a meeting with EC officials regarding schools to be used as voting centres during the election.

“As we know, the voting centres usually are held in schools and our responsibility is to prepare the school’s environment to be safe for voters to come and cast their votes later.

“However, the number of schools has yet to be decided at the moment with several meetings with the EC coming up before we could determine the actual number.

“Yet, the state Education Department is ready to cooperate with the EC and ensure that the preparation of schools for the state election will progress smoothly,” she said when met after the 8th State Education Department Mekar Award Ceremony here, yesterday.

Meanwhile, a total of 150 students, schools and district education offices (PPDs) from around Sabah were involved in the award ceremony.

Dr Mistirine said that the objective of the ceremony was to give appreciation and recognition to the excellent achievements of schools and PPDs in the academic field for the year 2019.

The Academic Management Sector of Sabah Education Department is the secretariat of the department’s annual event, which celebrates the top academic achievers of UPSR, SPM and STPM for the previous year.

Dr Mistirine noted that the number of participating students had decreased compared with the previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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State gov spent RM11mln for COVID-19 relief aid for education sector

Friday, July 24th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Education and Innovation has spent RM11 million on educational infrastructure and COVID-19 humanitarian aid since October last year until June this year.

Its Minister, Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said of the total, RM4.7 million was used to supply face masks and liquids disinfectant to 236 schools statewide.

A sum of RM3.8 million was spent to bring home students of institutions of higher learning studying outside of Sabah, he said after receiving 4,500 bottles of liquid disinfectant donated by a Japanese company, Saraya Co Ltd which is based in Sabah, at his office yesterday.

Dr Yusof said RM2 million was used to pay for the food and drinks during the Movement Control Order for students of public and private institutions of higher learning in Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak and the peninsula.

Besides that, he said, his ministry also set up several COVID-19 screening centres in several institutions of higher learning furnished with desks, chairs, air conditioning and computers.

The remainder of RM200,000 was utilised for minor school repairs and financial aid to Sabah students studying abroad.

According to Dr Yusof, some of the face masks and liquids disinfectant has been distributed to several schools. Whilst schools that have yet to receive the contributions will get theirs later pending delivery from the supplier. The COVID-19 aid will be distributed to all secondary, primary, kindergarten, religious and private schools throughout the state.

Also present were the Sabah Human Resource Development Department director Zainudin Aman and Soraya representative Loi Lung Kiong.


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368,875 Sabah students resume schooling

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: After more than four months of ‘leave’ following the Movement Control Order (MCO) which was enforced to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-opening of schools in the new normal Wednesday went smoothly in accordance with the standard operating procedure.

Sabah Education Director Dr Mistirine Radin said 368,875 students from 1,294 primary and secondary schools in the state resumed schooling Wednesday.

The Forms One to Four students and Years Five and Six pupils, as well as those in the remove classes arrived in school wearing masks, had their body temperatures screened, and cleaned their hands with sanitiser liquid before entering the classrooms.

They looked smart in their school uniforms Wednesday, which is Co-Curriculum Day usually on Wednesday, while their parents were only allowed to send them up to the school’s main entrance.

While happy to meet their friends again, the students obeyed their teachers and complied with the SOP, including maintaining social distancing although some seemed awkward about having to sit apart from each other.

In KELANTAN, Education Ministers Dr Radzi Jidin who visited Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Gajah, Tanah Merah, said the re-opening of schools today went smoothly with all parties observing the SOP.

A Bernama survey at the district found that most students wore masks while the schools recorded their attendance and checked their body temperatures before allowing them into the classrooms.

For the record, 84,237 Forms One to Four students and 56,478 Year Five and Six resumed schooling in Kelantan Wednesday.

Meanwhile, president of the Parents-Teachers Association of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Dato’ Ahmad Maher, Prof Dr Wan Hazabbah Wan Hitam said the PTA members will work with the school management to ensure the SOP is observed in the school.

In KUALA LUMPUR, a look at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJK) (c) Chong Hwa, Setapak, found passages marked with stickers to remind students and teachers to maintain social distancing while the 219 students also had their body temperatures screened twice.

The school used temperature and face scanners to record the data before students are allowed into the classrooms to ensure that they were healthy.

Besides the Forms One to Four students and those from remove classes as well as Years Five and Six pupils who went back to school today, Radzi had previously announced that schools would be re-opened for pupils in Years One to Four on July 22.

Meanwhile in PERAK, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jelapang headmaster, Noor Azman Zainal Abidin said the department ensured that all the 368 students observed the SOP and went through two infrared thermoscans placed at the school entrance.

In PENANG, state education director, Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad said all 399 primary and secondary schools here opted for the single-session and two-session school models.

Meanwhile, chairman of the PERLIS education committee, Rozieana Ahmad said 42,873 went back to school, comprising 19,135 secondary schoolchildren and 23,738 primary school pupils from 104 schools. In SELANGOR, a look at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 6 found that most students were excited about meeting their friends again and were happy to study together.

Shah Alam District Police Chief, ACP Baharudin Mat Taib who took a look at the school compliance with the SOP, said he was satisfied with the steps taken by the school.

In KEDAH, chairman of the Religion, Education and Human Resource Committee, Datuk Najmi Ahmad said 195,929 pupils of Sekolah Rendah Agama Rakyat and Sekolah Menengah Agama Rakyat under the Kedah Islamic Affairs Department as well as religious educational institutions which were not registered with the department also resumed schooling Wednesday.

In JOHOR, Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad who visited Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Uda 2, said students of 14 of the 15 schools which were temporary evacuation centres for flood victims in Muar, Tangkak, Batu Pahat and Pontian, also resumed schooling Wednesday.

In MELAKA, Education, Higher Education, Technical and Vocational, Science and Innovations Committee chairman in the Chief Minister’s Office, Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad said 80,071 primary and secondary school students resumed schooling.

In PAHANG, state education director Zaimi Abu Bakar said two schools in Lipis – Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Chegar Perah and SK Aur Gading – were not opened Wednesday due to floods, while 44,038 Year Five and Six pupils, and 89,600 of the total 94,041 secondary school students resumed schooling Wednesday.

“SK Chegar Perah which has 83 students and 12 teachers and 12 guru is currently a temporary evacuation centre while SK Aur Gading was closed because the road leading to it was flooded, and is expected to be opened tomorrow,” he said.

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