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Greater learning for students

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry is encouraging more minority and rural schools to get involved in the Trust School Programme to allow more students the opportunity for positive changes in their studies.

Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said the Government was hopeful about expanding the prog­ramme to involve more schools to realise its target to have 700 trust schools nationwide by 2025.

“We hope to see the programme in community schools, vernacular schools, under-enrolled schools, orang asli schools and schools for students with special needs.

“Currently, we have 62 trust schools in urban and rural areas in nine states and we hope to have trust schools in every state soon,” he said after launching the Trust Schools Conference here yesterday.

He called on more corporate and private companies to get involved in the programme as it differs from the daily schools, which are managed by the ministry, education department or district education offices.


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Govt To Expand Trust School Programme, Targets To Transform 700 Schools By 2025

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 2 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry plans to expand the Trust School Programme to more minority and rural schools nationwide with a target of having 700 trust schools by 2025.

Deputy Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon said this was to give the opportunity to the students, especially among the Orang Asli or those with special needs, to enjoy a better learning facilities and environment and hence, strive for excellence.

“So far, there are 62 trust schools in nine states and the ministry is hoping that the programme could be expanded to other states and to have 700 trust schools nationwide by 2025,” he told reporters after opening the Trust School Conference 2016 here Tuesday.

Chong said the difference between a trust school and a normal school was that the trust school would receive funds from the private sector to help improve the school’s management, as well as the teaching and learning process.

This way, it would also guide the school to be more innovative and capable of making their own decisions through entrepreneurship-like management.

Chong said due to the positive results seen so far, it was hoped that more corporate bodies and private companies would be involved in the programme.


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Government to raise number of trust schools

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Government aims to increase the number of trust schools to 700 by 2025 following the success of its first 50 of such schools.

The policy of increasing the number of such schools is on the right track because students currently under the Trust School Pro­gramme are doing really well, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamala­nathan (pic).

Some 60% of the 50 trust schools are located in rural areas.

Trust schools are government schools jointly managed with private partners under the umbrella of the Education Ministry.

Kamalanathan said the ambitious number of schools, an average of 70 schools added a year, could be achieved with the commitment of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, Yayasan Amir and other corporate sponsors.

“The Trust School Programme has had a positive impact on a school’s management and student development,” he said during the closing ceremony of the Trust School Programme conference.

Kamalanathan added that the trust schools had shown a marked improvement in both academic and co-curricular performance.

“A holistic student is being built and that is the intention of all schools in Malaysia.

“This shows that the Trust School model can be used and ­replicated in all national schools,” Kamala­nathan added.

The Trust School Programme was conceptualised in 2009 and implemented in 2011.

“I hope there will be more continuous involvement from the corporate sector in our efforts to improve the quality of education through enhancing effective learning in schools to develop students’ potential,” he said.

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Education Ministry plans to set up 500 Amanah schools by 2025

Friday, June 20th, 2014

KUCHING: About 500 Amanah Schools, a joint programme between the Education Ministry and the private sector, will be set up throughout the country by 2025.

Education Ministry Deputy Director (Teaching Professionalism Development), Datuk Misrah Ibrahim said the programme was aimed at creating a school transformation model as a long-term strategic vision.

“Currently 30 schools have been selected to participate in the programme which covers primary and secondary schools at all levels of performance, with the objective of obtaining a sustainable level of achievement,” he said when officiating the 2014 Amanah School Programme Conference here today.

He said under the programme, the school management would be given more power to make decisions in the management of the school to encourage improvement of quality in teaching and learning among teachers and students.

“The schools will be given autonomy to draw up their own Standard Operating Procedures and make decisions on curriculum delivery, continuous professional development, finance and procurement as well as human resource development,” he said.


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Ramp up the Trust Schools

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

LAST month the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) released a paper on Malaysia’s Trust School programme. It was authored by Dr Arran Hamilton of CfBT Education, a not-for-profit education consultancy of which I am a director.

Before going further, I must disclose a vested interest here. I like the Trust School concept. So my comments today are biased for the expansion of the Trust School programme. There is a lot of untapped potential in the scheme, and I hope to see more Trust Schools in Malaysia, quicker.

Back to the paper that we recently released. I was excited when I first saw the draft. There is almost no discussion about the Trust School model in Malaysia today, and I think it is time we start talking about it by releasing the paper.

The author explained that the Trust School is one of the various ways the Government works with the private sector to deliver education. It is part of what is commonly called public-private partnership (PPP) in the school system.

PPP is not new to our country. As the chart shows, there is a whole spectrum of PPP initiatives ranging from simply contracting out services such as security and facilities maintenance to the more complex contracting of whole school operation. Trust School is a type of PPP.

The Trust School initiative in Malaysia was started in 2010, when the Ministry of Education (MoE) allowed Yayasan Amir to pilot the programme in 10 schools. Yayasan Amir is a government-linked charity, set up by the government-linked company (GLC) Khazanah.

In the programme, Yayasan Amir helps to improve the quality of learning and teaching in selected schools. Within just a short time, Yayasan Amir has shown that the Trust School model works. The selected schools have shown improvements in students’ performance.

I am really glad that the MoE has subsequently acknowledged the programme’s potential by incorporating the aim of having 500 Trust Schools in Malaysia by 2025.

But Dr Hamilton stresses that our PPP models, including the Trust School, are still heavily Government-led. In Malaysia we have only seen a rather weak form of PPP, in which we hardly go beyond the contracting of services. We do not yet have a PPP initiative in which the Government taps into the efficiency and expertise of the private sector to deliver the whole schooling experience.

by Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

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Trust schools improving quality

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yayasan Amir Trust School Programme (TSP) is well positioned to carry out the education reform and transformation plans in the Malaysia Education Blueprint, says Board of Trustees chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda.

With 13 participating schools, TSP has shown that national schools can deliver high-quality education.

The schools in the Johor cluster (five schools), Sarawak cluster (five) and the Kuala Lumpur cluster (three) comprise secondary, primary, rural and public schools.

Raja Arshad said a lesson observation conducted last year showed teachers recorded 25 per cent improvement in competency areas.

“Teachers are becoming more enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, making lessons more student-centric instead of the conventional teacher-centric method of teaching.

“In turn, students become more interested in learning and pay greater attention in class,” he told the New Straits Times.

Yayasan Amir’s survey of teachers showed that usage of strategic questioning promoting student thinking had increased by 33 per cent, improving planning and structured lessons by 25 per cent.

Teachers also improved their usage of defined collaborative and cooperative earning structures by 40 per cent and improved usage of a range of resources that support effective learning by 21 per cent.

The teachers, said Raja Arshad, used low-tech props and tools, making lessons more interactive.

“For example, each child gets a small whiteboard of their own as a learning aid to demonstrate classroom feedback.”

Raja Arshad said students were finding classes more interesting.

“Students actually want to go to school, proven by the drop in absenteeism.

“In rural schools in Sarawak, students make their way to school despite floods, and we had a case in Johor where a student with a broken arm insisted on coming to school.”

Schools are enrolled into the programme for five years and go through three transformational phases or “gradual release model”.

In the Transformation Phase (Year 1 to Year 3), Teaching and Learning Advisors (TLAs) are based in the schools to develop and execute activities under the Trust Schools Improvement Programme (TSIP).

Muhyiddin Visits SKM Gelang Patah, A Trust School

Friday, September 6th, 2013

JOHOR BAHARU: – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday visited Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Gelang Patah, one of the 13 trust schools in the country.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, spent more than an hour looking at the infrastructure at the school and attended a closed-door briefing on its growth and performance.

A trust school is managed jointly by Yayasan AMIR, and civil service principals and headmasters under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education to improve student outcomes and school management capabilities.

Principals will maintain day-to-day operations of the school while Yayasan AMIR will provide expertise and experience in operations, management and education, as well as additional funds whenever appropriate.

Yayasan AMIR was established by Khazanah Nasional Berhad on Oct 26, 2010.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin; Khazanah Nasional deputy chairman Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop; Khazanah Nasional managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and a member of the Yayasan AMIR board of trustees, Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim were also present during the visit.

Approached later, Noor Rezan said Muhyiddin was happy with the performance of the pupils of SMK Gelang Patah and had enquired about the challenges the school faced in implementing the programme.

She said the concept of a trust school was to provide for holistic education to enable the pupils to study independently and creatively.

The programme, which was not examination-oriented, nstilled enthusiasm in the pupils to attend school, and this enhanced the standard of their education, she said.

“The boost in attendance prompted Tan Sri (Muhyiddin) to want to see for himself the effect of the implementation of the programme at the school,” she said.

Noor Rezan also said that SK Medini and SMK Medini here would be made trust schools and 13 more primary and secondary schools in the state were being identified for the programme.


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Private sector to play role in improving schools

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

PRIVATE companies are adopting government schools under an exciting new initiative to improve their performance.

These Trust Schools will enjoy greater flexibility in certain areas although the Education Ministry will remain in charge. Education deputy director-general (Education Ope­rations) Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim said that the ministry was partnering with Khazanah Nasional Berhad in a pilot project which involves 10 schools – five in Johor and five in Sarawak.

“The Trust Schools initiative will see a corporate culture entering schools and it is hoped that this will energise and spur them to improve further.

“We are only piloting with Khazanah at the moment but we will rope in more companies if the results (of the pilot project) are satisfactory,” said Noor Rezan.

The five schools in Johor are concentrated in the Iskandar Deve­lopment Region while most of the schools in Sarawak are based in Kuching.

Guidelines have already been put in place for the project to take off and the ministry has set a 2:3:5 adoption rule – two top performing schools, three average schools and five underperforming ones – for companies.

“The idea is to upgrade the performance of all schools.

“Companies can’t have all the good schools as the average and underperforming ones require more help.

“The Trust Schools initiative complements the School Improvement Pro­gramme and companies must adopt a mixture of schools from Band 1 (the crème de la crème) to Band 7 using the 2:3:5 ratio.

“We hope that companies will manage these schools like their businesses to improve the schools’ performance and overall quality,’’ she said.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin first mentioned the Trust Schools project after the 10th Malaysia Plan was tabled in Parliament on June 10.

Describing the scheme as a private sector corporate social responsibility initiative, Muhyiddin said that his ministry would work out details on how the schools could be given more flexibility without contravening the Education Act.

The soft launch for the Trust Schools initiative was held on Sept 7.

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Students’ progress in line with capabilities

Friday, June 11th, 2010

A NEW curriculum for primary and secondary schools will be introduced.

The current Integrated Primary School Curriculum will be replaced by the Standard Primary School Curriculum in 2011 and this is to be followed by a new curriculum for secondary schools.

Modular in design, the curriculum will provide an avenue for students to progress according to their capabilities and nurture them to be responsible for their own learning through exploration to unleash their potential.

The curriculum will emphasise on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across all subjects as inculcating values and ethics from a young age is key to the character building of an individual.

The new curriculum will incorporate the principles of 1Malaysia in the teaching approach to deliver education. In addition to develop well-rounded students that excel academically and in sports, the new curriculum will include sports as a subject beginning 2011.

Under the ‘1Student, 1Sports’ policy, each student is required to take up at least one sport.

Secondary school students would get 90 minutes while primary school pupils would spend 60 minutes a week to play a game of their choice.

The annual sports grant would be increased to RM4 from RM2.40 per primary school pupil and RM4 to RM6 for secondary school students.

Public-private partnerships in the provision of basic education allows significant autonomy to school operators in exchange for delivering specified improvements in student outcomes under a formal performance contract. Examples include charter schools in the United States, specialist schools and academy schools in the United Kingdom and independent schools in Sweden. Similarly, such partnerships has existed in Malaysia in some independent Chinese schools.

The Government will introduce the Trust School framework for selected existing government schools.

Trust schools are government schools that are managed jointly by private partners and civil service school leaders under the umbrella of the Education Ministry.

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Private sector to adopt trust schools

Friday, June 11th, 2010

TEN trust schools, to be adopted by private companies, will be selected before the end of the year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the scheme was a private sector corporate social responsibility initiative.

“This is like an adopted school scheme, in which companies express their interest in helping the schools. This will be known as trust schools,” he said after the tabling of the 10th Malaysia Plan in Parliament.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the ministry had discussed the initiative with Khazanah Nasional and several private companies.

This initiative, he added, would start with 10 schools – five low performers, three average and two top performers.

“The private sector wants to help schools and we cannot say this is not necessary,” he said, adding that the ministry would however remain in charge of the schools.

Muhyiddin said the ministry was also working out details on how the schools could be assisted without contravening the Education Act by giving them flexibility in certain areas.

Under the plan, a trust school will be introduced to enable public-private partnership in the management of selected Government schools.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would provide these schools with greater autonomy in decision-making and in return, there would be greater accountability in improving student performances.

The autonomy, Najib added, would include flexibility to modify the learning curriculum, allocation use, providing incentives to teachers in line with their performance and selection of teachers and support staff.

Muhyiddin also said the age of schoolgoing children was lower in many countries.

The lowering of schoolgoing age would carry a big implication in teacher supply.

“It’s not a problem but we need to prepare,” he said, adding that it would mean about 1.5mil children entering the education system, over a million more from the current number of between 500,000 and 600,000 pupils.

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