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RM282,800 from Foundation to two education bodies, teachers

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Progressive Education Foundation (PEF), a non-governmental organisation (PEF), on Saturday disbursed funds totalling RM282,800 to two educational organisations and teachers of Chinese primary schools and kindergartens in Sabah, for this year.

PEF Joint Consultative Council Chairperson Melanie Chia said the disbursement reflected the foundation’s continuous support for education empowerment in the State.

“We are grateful and thankful that PEF is able again to contribute to educational organisations and teachers in Sabah.

“A total of RM25,200 was given to the Montfort Training Centre (MYTC), RM10,600 to Kadazandusun Language Foundation and RM47,000 to 59 graduate teachers who successfully completed their training and are now serving in Chinese primary schools in the State as a token of appreciation and encouragement for taking up teaching.

“Apart from this, PEF also approved interest free loans to 27 serving kindergarten teachers throughout Sabah to enable them to take up a diploma course in childhood education for which we have set aside RM200,000,” she said at the handing over of cheques, here, Saturday.

While thanking PEF founder Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee cum a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Melanie said the foundation has never stopped giving annual support to trainee teachers and educational institutions since it was launched in 1996.

by Hayati Dzulkifli.

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Most school dropouts unable to cope with syllabus – IDS

Friday, May 19th, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Most school dropouts are from the lower socio-economic group unable to cope with the school syllabus, according to Institute for Development Studies (IDS).

Its chairman, Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun cited the Malaysia Millennium Development Goals 2010 report, saying that over 90 per cent of those of lower secondary school age who are not in school are from the bottom 40 per cent of the income distribution.

“While 75 per cent of those who are of upper secondary school age but are not in school are from the bottom 40 per cent of the income distribution,” he said adding that those that are hit the hardest are from the rural areas.

Speaking at the Seminar on Gender and Development: Reaching the Dropouts, at a resort here yesterday, he said that another main factor contributing to dropout rate is the students’ inability to cope with the syllabus being taught in schools.

“Therefore, if we can give the children a good grasp of basic literacy and numeracy skills early in life, they will be less likely to drop out of school, and this could also mean that our future generation will have a brighter future. “Dropping out problem is more prevalent in the transition from Year 6 to Form 1, and during the subsequent years in secondary school, which amount to 20,000 every year.

“Similar situation is happening during the transition phase from Form 3 to Form 4 where more than 40,000 students dropping out of schools every year,” he said adding that this is mainly caused by the temptation to enter the labour force.

Meanwhile, in his welcoming remarks, IDS Executive Director / CEO, Datuk Mohd Hasnol Ayub said that while it is difficult to obtain official rates and data on dropouts, the education system needs to address the problem. He said that the last comprehensive study conducted on the issue was the Dropouts Report 1973 which was also known as the Murad Report by the Education Ministry (MOE).

“Little information is available about the students who dropped out of school and where they end up, which makes it difficult to calculate the true cost incurred.

“While the economic and financial costs of dropouts in Malaysia have not been calculated, it could be a large opportunity cost in the future as the country is already facing shortages of skilled and knowledge-based workforce in many key economic growth areas including service, manufacturing, and IT sectors.


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Poverty main cause of big dropouts – IDS chairman

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Front row, from second left: Clarence, Teo and Mohd Hasnol with the participants of the seminar.

KOTA KINABALU: More than 40,000 students in Malaysia dropped out of school during the transition phase from Form 3 to Form 4 every year, said Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Sabah chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Clarence Bongkos Malakun.

Additionally, he said there were nearly 20,000 dropouts every year in the transition from Year 6 to Form 1, between the ages of 11 and 12, and then within the subsequent years in secondary schooling.

“In absolute terms, thousands of students are still dropping out from the mainstream schooling system.

“Poverty is more commonly known as one of the major factors, while the temptation to enter the labour force is also another most common factor,” he said at the opening ceremony of a seminar on ‘Gender and Literacy Development: Reaching the Dropouts’ here yesterday.

The seminar was officiated by the Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.

Clarence said reasons of dropouts were many including lack of interest in  schooling, the inability to pay for education-related expenses and poor academic performance.

Even involvement of parents in a child’s education related activities at home, frequency of interaction of parents with school teachers, management and Parent Teachers Association (PTA), and parents’ opinions of education including technical and vocational education pathways are also considered among the reasons, he said.

“While data from the MOE show that the dropout rates are low in Malaysia, but the absolute number of students leaving the system before completing a full secondary education reaches into the thousands.

“Majority of these students are from low-income households, hindering their ability to improve upon their future socioeconomic status,” he said.

According to the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (MEB), Clarence said approximately 36 per cent of each cohort does not reach the minimum achievement level desired by all students.

“This means that students from one particular cohort are no longer enrolled in the system or have not passed core Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) subjects.”

As a comparison, Clarence said in Korea for example, 98 per cent of those between the ages of 25 abd 34 had completed the equivalent of a high-school degree indicative of a negligible level of dropouts from the system.

“Whereas in Malaysia in 2011, only 56 per cent of the working age population in Malaysia had an SPM qualification or higher and a majority of these, about 65 per cent, had only an SPM qualification.”

H e said the Ministry of Education (MOE) revealed that one factor contributing to dropout rates was the inability of students to cope with the syllabus being taught besides poverty.

“If we can give children a good grasp of basic literacy and numeracy skills early in life they will be less likely to drop out of school.

“This could also mean that our future generation will have a brighter future.”

by Chok Sim Yee.

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My hope is to continue forward and drive up performance levels in this state – Jame Alip

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Education Department has outlined 12 areas of focus to hike up performance levels in the state including the achievements for public examinations such as the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Its director, Datuk Jame Alip said the Key Performance Index or KPI set for UPSR is to attain a State Average Grade of 2.20 and 65 percent of passes and for SPM to obtain a State Average Grade of 4.70 and 92 percent of passes. He pointed out that although Sabah has been making impressive improvements over the years it had yet to achieve the targeted KPI.

“We need to plan intervention programmes that will give high impact to push performance levels up and my hope is that this year we will continue to march forward and drive up performance levels in this state in tandem with other states in Malaysia,” he said.

Jame was speaking when delivering his address for 2016 at the Federal Government Administrative Complex here yesterday.

Those present included his deputy, Hajah Maimunah Haji Suhaibul, sector heads, education officers, principals and headmasters.

This year, the department has also set its sights on the LINUS 2.0 Programme, 21st Century Learning and the District Transformation Programme to ensure the quality of education continues to improve.

Further, it will focus on increasing the number of schools of Bands 1 and 2 while reducing those in Bands 5 and 6. “We want to focus on reducing the rate of truancy in schools, enhancing sports development and co-curriculum, enhancing basic Islamic education at the primary school level, improving management and co-ordination of public examinations as well as enhance our educators through psychology and counselling programmes,” said Jame.


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Wisma Pendidikan handed over

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The newly-completed Wisma Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah was handed over to the State Education Department on Tuesday.

The RM45.5 million building was built under the 9th Malaysia Plan’s Education Development Projects and was due for completion in 2011.

However, contractors were forced to delay the hand-over by almost three years due to several technical problems.

Education Department Director Datuk Jame Alip in his keynote address during the hand-over ceremony, said while the delay was unavoidable at the time, future projects under the department will need to be monitored more closely especially when dealing with other infrastructure providers to prevent the same problem happening again.

“It is mind-boggling that some people needed more than a year to solve a problem, and the contractor was kept waiting. Even our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman does not like delays.

“Rules are man-made and if there is a need to break the rules for the common good, it is better to do it. We must learn from experience especially with abandoned school projects,” he said.

Jame also said that while education is an important vehicle capable of propelling the country into a developed nation, it is an undeniable fact that Sabah is still behind in terms of school infrastructure compared to other states in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Nine states in the peninsula are equal to one Sabah, Putrajaya must understand this. Sabah must not be seen as equal, it must be a bit more than that. If in the peninsula they receive RM10 million, here the equivalent is RM50 million,” he said.

Similarly, he added, educational excellence is not driven merely by the quality of human resource development and good management but also supported by sufficient and conducive infrastructure.

Therefore, he hoped that the new administrative building could improve both the department’s effectiveness and its delivery system.

The 10-storey building, situated on Jalan Kompleks Sukan Likas, will accommodate 249 department staff and has ample parking space, a surau, a cafeteria and five meeting rooms.

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Sabah Education Plan.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Sabah State Education Department’s Five – Year Strategic Development Plan (2007-2011) – “SMART ACTION GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT” (SAGA) was launched by the Director of Education, Datuk Normah Gagoh on 31 January 2007. SAGA was formulated based on the evaluation of the success of its forerunner, “BEYOND EXCELLENCE” (BE) 2000 – 2005 which ended in 2005.


To become an excellent organisation in the management of education services in Malaysia by 2011.


To provide the best education services to all educators through quality and effective management towards forming an excellent generation.


  • To develop human capital;
  • To consolidate administration, management and leadership in the field of education;
  • To uplift the status of the teaching profession;
  • To make the use of ICT and media a culture;
  • To strengthen the system of assessment and evaluation;
  • To upgrade the effectiveness of school inspection.

SAGA is inline with Vision 2020 – the National Mission and the National Education Development Blueprint (2006-2010) on developing human capital with First – Class Mentality.

The critical concern is how to employ effective means to improve students development in order to promote “First-Class Mentality” – and thus to improve the Malaysian HDI.

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