KOTA KINABALU: The first stage of a project by Yayasan Sabah to help six rural schools improve their academic performance has been completed.
Dubbed InSPIRE Project 2, it is a collaboration by the Yayasan Sabah Group, Sabah State Education Department and the School of Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Director of Yayasan Sabah, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad received the final report of the InSPIRE Project 2 as well as teaching modules and materials from USM on Monday, 9 September.
Dean of the School of Educational Studies of USM cum Head of the InSPIRE 2 Project, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid Mohamed handed over the report to Sapawi at the latter’s office at Wisma Innoprse.
The presentation marks the completion of the first stage of the InSPIRE 2 project.
Sapawi said more than RM3 million has been set aside especially to enhance the quality of education in the rural areas under InSPIRE 2 which covers research, study materials and its implementation in pilot schools.
He added the aim of the project is to improve the academic excellence of rural schools in Sabah by providing teaching materials and modules that focus on the student’s level of competency.
It also emphasises on school management aspects that increase impact on educational excellence.
InSPIRE stands for Integrated System of Programmed Instruction for Rural Environment and is solely implemented in Sabah whereby teaching materials and modules were tailored specifically for the needs of primary school students in rural areas.
The six rural primary schools under InSPIRE 2 were given lessons, teaching and management modules for subjects in which students were weak in or where teachers lacked teaching aid and materials.
The schools were SK Balimbang (Semporna), SK Kubang Pinang (Semporna), SK Ulu Sapi (Telupid), SK Pekan Tongod (Telupid), SK Kg. Bahagia (Nabawan) and SK Tetagas (Nabawan).