20,000 Sabahans don’t pursue higher studies

Kota Kinabalu: Asian Tourism Institute (ATI) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Wong Ken Thau urged the Government to take note of the worrying issue of underperformance in schools in the State.

He said a recent study conducted by Persatuan IPTS Sabah (PIPTSS) indicated that school performances in the State at secondary level is among the lowest in Malaysia.

He said in his speech at the (ATI) 18th Convocation Ceremony at the Klagan Regency, 1 Borneo on Thursday that 78 per cent of Sabah’s secondary schools are ranked in the lower bracket (band 5-7) in 2011 versus 47 per cent in Selangor.

“The issue of underperformance may perpetuate as schools and communities lack role models of a high performance culture and mind-set. This will obviously translate to be a threat to our human capital development.

“Another aspect of this study has indicated that annually a significant number of Sabahans (more than 20,000 out of 36,000 qualified SPM leaders) do not pursue higher education at all be it academic or vocational.

These figures are very significant and they deserve very significant attention if we are serious in our manpower development.”

He said that the findings of the study concluded that among the many reasons two major factors seem to emerge eminently which are lack of interest and confidence to continue their studies and the financial constraints that have plagued them especially PTPTN loans which do not provide subsistence and accommodation allowances apart from the recent reduced loan amount.

“These are serious hurdles that our young people have to go through. We hope the State government can consider a separate funding for our potential candidates in Sabah,” he said.

Wong said that as of today the State is in good talking terms with federal leaders on the subject of empowerment or autonomy.

“It is time we consider the priority of our educational transformation and advancement. The pre-condition for economic success in any nation building is the success in the development of its human capital resources. Maybe it is time now for us to ask for more control of our own education funding and planning in this knowledge industry.”

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