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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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