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Education NKRA reaping success

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Education NKRA has raised the nation’s pre-school enrolment rate to 77.2% and Literacy and Numeracy rates to 97.5% and 98.6% respectively.

Education is at the core of a nation’s development.

It is the catalyst in preparing a generation of people for the globalised future.

As Malaysia aims to become a developed and high income nation by 2020, the Government Transfor­mation Programme’s (GTP) Education National Key Results Area (NKRA), under the guidance of the Education Ministry, has put into motion a plan of action to meet this objective – to ensure that the very foundation of education is established from the pre-school stage.

The objectives of the NKRA are to increase pre-school enrolment, ensure all children have acquired basic numeracy and literacy skills after three years of primary-level education, develop High Performing Schools and to significantly improve the performance of head teachers and principals via performance management.

The Education NKRA’s ambitious goal of raising the bar of excellence in the education system has been an arduous task but all the effort put in promises to reap bountiful gains.

Addressing the myriad of challenges faced at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels, and by providing equal opportunities to all Malaysians, the role of the NKRA is indeed a critical one.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said: “We have been met with more than our fair share of challenges along the way, such as the disparity between rural and urban schools, in rolling out the programmes.

“The lessons we have learned have only made us more determined to push our transformational efforts forward to solidify our foundation and create a generation of people who are able compete effectively in the 21st century workplace.”

Two years on, the results have been encouraging and laudable.

Last year, 3,089 pre-school classes were built, with enrolment rates currently at 77.2%, as compared to 72.4% in 2010.

Literacy and numeracy rates among Year Two pupils reached 97.5% and 98.6% respectively while the number of High Performing Schools increased from 20 in 2010 to 52 last year.

The Education NKRA also rolled out new initiatives which improved the overall administrative function of the education system.

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LINUS moving on the right track

Monday, September 12th, 2011

PUTRAJAYA: The Literacy and Numeracy (LINUS) programme, which was introduced as a focus area of the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), aims to provide a strong foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills within the first three years of primary school education for all Malaysian children.

The programme conducts a screening process three times a year to identify students who face difficulties in reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

They are then enrolled in either a LINUS-dedicated remedial class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme for those that have learning disabilities.

This approach has been designed to quickly identify problems at the early stage and rectify them before the students fall behind their peers.

In 2010, the programme aimed to achieve both literacy and numeracy rates of 90% for the then-Primary 1 students.

While the literacy target fell short by 5%, the numeracy target exceeded the original aim with a 91% rate.

This year, the Primary 2 students have been set an increased target of 95 percent literacy and numeracy, while the current Primary 1 students must continue to uphold the strong results of 90% set for their cohort this year.

To date, based on the 2 screenings done in March and June, Primary 2 students have already exceeded their 95% target, with a 95% for literacy rate and 97% for numeracy rate in the second screening. Primary 1 students have also shown some strong improvements, achieving a literacy rate of 83% and a numeracy rate of 97%.

by Noel Chang.

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DPM: Tie-ups will give birth to quality education in Malaysia

Monday, June 13th, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Partnerships between the public and private sector have the potential to enhance the quality of education in Malaysia, and the Government is keen to promote these partnerships to introduce variety and creativity into the existing school system.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said such partnerships were in line with the NKRA initiatives to increase the involvement of the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the community as part of efforts to deliver quality education.

He said this was necessary to produce the required human capital that would contribute positively towards achieving high-income nation status by 2020.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the skills and financial muscle provided by the private sector would assist the Government in transforming Malaysian schools into effective centres of education.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Education NKRA director Tengku Nurul Azian Tengku Shahriman said private companies could play an active role in under-enrolled schools.

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Education NKRA aims to enrich lives, says D-G

Monday, February 21st, 2011

PETALING JAYA: The Education NKRA (National Key Result Area) will ensure that affordable, quality education is available to all as a means to improve lives, Education director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud said.

He said the Education NKRA was established to deliver a higher level of education and better student performance.

The NKRA, he said, was focused on holistic improvements on the students’ intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects.

“The improvement of students at all levels is important to develop excellent human capital, which will result in a skilled workforce, so we can achieve developed nation status by 2020,” he said.

Abdul Ghafar also said the quality of teachers was the catalyst in ensuring the excellence of a nation’s education system.

Under the Education NKRA, a two-pronged approach is implemented involving a quality headstart in education, as well as pushing for a performance culture in the education system.

There are four sub-NKRAs aimed at increasing the enrolment of pre-schoolers aged four and five, ensuring all regular schoolchildren can read and count after the first three years of school, developing High Perfor-mance Schools, and offering incentives to principals and headmasters based on the performance of their schools.

Abdul Ghafar said pre-school enrolment last year was 72.42%, exceeding the Government’s target of 72% among 1,500 pre-schools.

“Since January 2010, 315 (government) pre-schools have started operating, with an additional nine classes in longhouses in Sarawak and community centres in Sabah which have been opened since mid-June,” he said.

This year, 2,765 more pre-schools are expected to be opened.

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Performance incentive for 924 school heads

Monday, February 21st, 2011

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has successfully identified 924 school heads who are eligible to be rewarded with the New Deals performance-based monetary incentive under the Education NKRA of the GTP.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said school heads who have exceeded expectations in the improvement of schools under their charge would be rewarded with RM7,500 each.

In addition, the 5% of top teachers from chosen schools would also receive RM1,800 with the remaining teachers each receiving RM900.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister said it was initially forecasted that only 2% of school heads would be able to achieve the target set for 2010.

He said the list of school heads and teachers who are eligible to receive the incentives of the New Deals would be finalised by the middle of this year.

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Improved UPSR and PMR results indicate NKRA on track

Monday, January 17th, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent and much improved results of the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) are indications that the GTP’s NKRA on improving students’ learning outcomes are on track.

Over 10% of students who sat for the UPSR last year scored straight A’s while the PMR results had over 30,000 of 439,456 students scoring straight A’s, reportedly the best outcome in four years.

Overall, the national average grades have improved and the Government’s aim of 100 % literacy is on track.

The significant improvement is due to the hard work by the teachers and students under the creation of a more driven and progressive education system by the Education Ministry.

The Education NKRA in short is to ensure every child succeeds, setting the same high expectation for all students and providing them with assistance regardless of background.

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Strategic Education Plan For 2011-2020 To Be Outlined

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR:  A new strategic plan is being outlined for the Education Ministry as a continuation of the Education Development Master Plan (PIPP) which ends this year.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry will ensure a stable plan for the period from 2011 to 2020 by implementing changes to achieve Vision 2020.

“Several initiatives were proposed for the plan such as upholding Bahasa Malaysia, strengthening the English language and early childhood education,” he said.

Besides mainstreaming VocTech, or vocational and technology education, other initiatives include smart sharing with the public, corporate sector, community and parents as well as innovation and creativity which will ensure that national education remains relevant, he said in reply to a question from Senator Noriah Mahat during a question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara on Tuesday.

Wee said the education plan will drive towards human capital with knowledge and skills, cultural values, patriotism and competitiveness.

The PIPP, introduced in 2006, is a government initiative to come up with a world-class holistic, progressive and moral education system.

Six core strategies have been outlined in the plan which are to build the nation and the people, develop human capital, strengthen national schools, narrow down the educational gap, make teaching a prestigious profession and make excellence a culture in educational institutions.

“The ministry has focused on each core strategy so that all educators will be able to give the same attention to its implementation,” he added.


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Universal pre-school education on track

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

THE goal to achieve universal pre-school enrolment for Malaysian children by 2020 was given a boost when the Education Ministry surpassed the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) target to have a 72% pre-school enrolment rate. Till September, a total of 697, 469 children (72.04%) were enrolled – an increase of 54,569 children from last year’s enrolment rate of 67%.

Education deputy director-general (Education Operations) Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim said that this was down to successful mobilisation efforts which saw 1,381 new pre-schools built nationwide as well as encouraging private sector involvement.

Statistics from the ministry showed that private providers had set up 506 new pre-schools while the ministry set up 325; the Community Deve­lopment De­part­ment (Kemas) and the Department of National Unity and Integration (Perpaduan) had set up 500 and 50 schools respectively.

“We are faring well as far as pre-schools are concerned,” said Noor Rezan.

“The private sector is heavily involved and this complements the efforts conducted by the ministry, Kemas and Perpaduan. We have surpassed this year’s target and are on course to meet the 2012 target to have an 87% enrolment rate.

“A 100% pre-school enrolment rate by 2020 is achievable and this would make Malaysia one of the few countries to have successfully done so. Don’t forget that we have already achieved this with primary education.”

Noor Rezan said that the private sector was encouraged by the Government’s friendly policies, like the provision of a launching grant worth RM10,000 which is dis-bursed to new private providers who charge fees of less than RM150 per child per month. A total of 256 new private pre-schools have received the grant so far.

Noor Rezan said that starting early was vital for the target group of four and five-year-olds as the Unesco Education for All Monito-ring Report 2008, showed that children with pre-school education would have a head start in primary school.

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Education key to achieving goals

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

IN today’s innovation-led global economy, the correlation between quality education and a nation’s long-term economic growth could not be more evident.

In a local context, widening access to quality education is the only way for Malaysia to produce the knowledge workers necessary to become a developed nation by 2020.

The Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) aims to improve student outcomes across Malaysia’s school system to enable access to quality education for all students.

There are four imperatives based on the experiences of the world’s top performing school systems.

They are:

> the need to ensure every child succeeds;

> the need to hold schools accountable for changes in student outcomes;

> the need to invest in great leaders for every school; and

> the need to attract and develop top teachers.

Enormous strides have been made in the education system over the past 50 years and the adult literacy rate is now above 92%.

However, student outcomes are lagging behind countries like Singapore and South Korea and a transformation is needed in schools to strike a better balance.

To this end, High Performing Schools (HPS), which is part of the NKRA, and the School Improvement Programme (SIP) are two strategies that have been adopted.

HPS are primary and secondary schools that have met stringent criteria including academic achievement, strength of alumni, international recognition, network and linkages with external entities.

The first 20 HPS were launched on Jan 25 by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and another 30 would be announced soon. The plan is to have 100 HPS by 2012.

“These schools are the crème de la crème and we are pleased that they are meeting our expectations,” said Education deputy director-general (Education Operations) Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim.

Explaining that HPS had to set the standard locally and internationally, Noor Rezan said that some schools were already projecting a good image for Malaysia and cited SK Bandar Uda 2 as an example.

“The headmistress has built a strong team and now the school is even a benchmark for Singapore.

“If a Malaysian school can rise to become a point of reference and uplift other schools in the process through the sharing of best practices, the future is bright and HPS are fulfilling their purpose,’’ she said.

The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Roadmap states that HPS will receive incentives which include an annual allocation of RM700,000 per school, as well as RM1,000 and RM700 for school heads, teachers and non-academic staff in secondary and primary schools, respectively.

The schools also enjoy greater autonomy in decision-making and allow for high-achieving students to advance faster through the system.

Noor Rezan added that another interesting development was the nature of the links fostered between HPS and higher education institutions.

“SK Zainab (2) has links with Universiti Sains Malaysia and­ as more links are fostered, these HPS could even act as feeders for universities.”

While the HPS focuses on the top, the SIP is aimed at raising standards.

It challenges, motivates and supports all schools in Malaysia to improve student outcomes and make every school an excellent one. Low performing schools in Band 6 and 7 are given special assistance.

“We discovered that there were many low performing schools in Band 6 and 7 when we went about ranking schools and the SIP will help them improve their performance.

“Many of these schools have different problems – attendance, discipline, academic performance or teacher motivation amongst others – and a one-size-fits-all would not work,” says Noor Rezan.

The schools will be given partners, comprising lecturers of Institut Aminuddin Baki who are experienced in educational management as well as specialist coaches and excellent teachers.

After identifying the problems, key performance indicators (KPIs) are customised for the school and the partners brief the head teachers on the right approach.

Partners have been assigned to all 209 primary schools in Band 6 and 7.

Presently, 88 secondary schools are receiving assistance through the SIP and a second rollout which targets a further 340 will be done soon.

by Richard Lim.

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Report: Government Continues To Focus On Increasing Access To Quality Education

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR : The government continues to focus on increasing access to quality and affordable education. This was reflected in the large share of education to total expenditure at 27.2 per cent this year.

According to the 2010/2011 Economic Report released Friday, the National Key Results Area (NKRA) emphasised on four main areas — strengthening pre-school education, improving literacy and numeracy, developing high-performance schools and a new deal for teachers.

To increase the achievement of students, the NKRA has set a target of 72 per cent enrolment in pre-schools by this year, from 67 per cent last year.

“As of August this year, about 72 per cent of children aged between four and five were enroled in pre-schools. The training was provided to 2,060 pre-school teachers from the private sector and National Unity and Integration Department(JPNIN),” said the report.

It also said that literacy and numeracy (Linus) rates were also targeted to be increased to 90 per cent this year, from 35 per cent in literacy rate and 45 per cent numeracy rate respectively, last year.

Besides that, 20 schools have been classified as high performing schools based on academic achievements and extra-curriculur activities in government efforts to further improve the standard of education.

As an addition, an incentive of RM700,000 will be given to the schools while RM1,000 and RM700, respectively, will be offered to each school teacher in secondary and primary schools.

The reports also said that through a ‘New Deal’, headmasters and teachers who improved the rankings of their schools would receive RM7,500. Five per cent of the top-performing teachers will each receive RM1,800 while others will receive RM900, based on yearly performance assessments.

The reports added that the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans would be converted into scholarships for students who achieved first class honours, as part of the government efforts to motivate high performance and nurture a culture of excellence among students.

“As of September this year, 2,162 students from public and private institutions were eligible for scholarships amounting RM59.7 million. In July, the government decided to recognise academic excellence and offered scholarships to all students who scored 9A+ or more in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM),” it said.

Until September this year, the government has spent a total of RM3.7 million for information technology which benefited 87,343 students, and as an introduction, this package will offer 100,000 students RM50 each per month for two years.


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