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

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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