KUALA LUMPUR: IN the pursuit of academic excellence for the country as envisaged by the National Key Result Areas, good leadership from principals and school head teachers in national and government-aided schools are pivotal to the improvement of the academic performance of schools and holistic development of pupils.
Recognising this, the Ministry of Education’s New Deals is a performance-based incentive which rewards principals and head teachers nationwide for elevating their school’s academic performance and ranking. It also rewards teachers and support staff for their contributions to this achievement.
The criteria schools are evaluated on include the composite scores of the school grade point average (GPA) based on performance in public examinations and scores based on Standard Quality Education in Malaysia (SQEM) as well as the leadership of principals and school heads, quality of teaching and development programmes for pupils.
Principals and school heads from all national and government aided schools are eligible for consideration for the New Deals incentive if they have served at their respective schools for at least six months and their schools have obtained public examination results for the year of evaluation.
One of the necessary steps to help expedite the awards of the new deals was to rank schools into seven bands according to their composite scores of their school average score (GPA) and SQEM, said Nadzman Radzaly, principal assistant director, Inspectorate and Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education .
“The ranking of schools is beneficial not only to schools which are able to see how they have performed as compared to other schools on the list, but also present a clearer picture to parents about how their children’s schools rank nationwide,” he said.
by Suzanna Pillay.