Muhyiddin: We won’t forsake other schools

NUSAJAYA: Schools not on the high performance list will not be ignored or forgotten — they will still receive the attention of the Education Ministry.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, said it would be unfair to forget about schools which were not among the 20 high performance schools announced last month.

“Just because a school isn’t a high performance school, it doesn’t mean that it’s no longer important.

“There are only 20 high performance schools whereas there are a total of 10,000 schools nationwide.

“We just cannot ignore the rest,” he said after performing a ground-breaking of the EduCity stadium and sports complex here yesterday.

He said focus would be placed on the remaining schools to improve their standards.
“We hope to have 30 top performance schools next year and hopefully 50 in 2012,” he added.

Drawing up the list of top performance schools, he said, was done to set a benchmark and improve the national education system.

He said he was aware of the distinctions between urban and rural schools in terms of facilities, infrastructure and number of teachers.

“That is why we cannot ignore the schools which haven’t been categorised as high-performing.”

Low-performance schools will also be paired with teaching institutions, which will guide them in a move to improve the schools’ standards.

“If the non-performing schools improve by 20 to 30 per cent, I consider that an achievement,” Muhyiddin added.

by Shahrum Sayutiand Anis Ibrahim.

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