My hope is to continue forward and drive up performance levels in this state – Jame Alip

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Education Department has outlined 12 areas of focus to hike up performance levels in the state including the achievements for public examinations such as the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Its director, Datuk Jame Alip said the Key Performance Index or KPI set for UPSR is to attain a State Average Grade of 2.20 and 65 percent of passes and for SPM to obtain a State Average Grade of 4.70 and 92 percent of passes. He pointed out that although Sabah has been making impressive improvements over the years it had yet to achieve the targeted KPI.

“We need to plan intervention programmes that will give high impact to push performance levels up and my hope is that this year we will continue to march forward and drive up performance levels in this state in tandem with other states in Malaysia,” he said.

Jame was speaking when delivering his address for 2016 at the Federal Government Administrative Complex here yesterday.

Those present included his deputy, Hajah Maimunah Haji Suhaibul, sector heads, education officers, principals and headmasters.

This year, the department has also set its sights on the LINUS 2.0 Programme, 21st Century Learning and the District Transformation Programme to ensure the quality of education continues to improve.

Further, it will focus on increasing the number of schools of Bands 1 and 2 while reducing those in Bands 5 and 6. “We want to focus on reducing the rate of truancy in schools, enhancing sports development and co-curriculum, enhancing basic Islamic education at the primary school level, improving management and co-ordination of public examinations as well as enhance our educators through psychology and counselling programmes,” said Jame.

by MARRYAN RAZAN.

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