Government to raise number of trust schools

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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