No more Linus programme in schools next year: D-G

Kota Kinabalu: The Education Ministry will no longer conduct the Literacy and Numeracy Screening (Linus) programme in schools from next year, said its Director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin (pic).Instead, he said, schools will determine their own ways to tackle learning difficulties faced by their students. “The ministry will always support any Linus activity, but the programme package by the ministry will be stopped,” he said after presenting his Executive Talk to staff of the Sabah Education Department, here, Friday.

The Linus programme was first introduced in 2009 under the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) to tackle the problem of lack of mastery of the 3M skills more systematically among primary school pupils.

On the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results this year, Amin said more pupils obtained A in all subjects, proving that the ministry was on the right track with its emphasis on minimum mastery and fun learning.”When we stressed on minimum mastery, fun learning and meaningful learning, we found that the number of ’straight As’ increased and many problems were resolved even though before this many people were worried about it,” said Amin.

“This shows that if we emphasises the real learning at the schools and make it fun and meaningful, it will end up solving a lot of our problems that we face. So this is a good sign we are on the right track.”

Amin said as a whole for the State, the number of “straight E’s” students (those who have not achieved the subject minimum mastery standards) had also dropped which was a good indicator.

“This means we have been successful in our strategy to reduce these ’straight E’s’.”Nevertheless, when we zoom in we find that certain subjects need more attention. For example, Maths and English are two subjects that we feel need more of our attention.

“We also have to look closer at districts here as we find there are certain districts that need our attention as we see the mastery of some subjects there are still at a minimum level.

“As such, I have asked the principals and the District Education Officers to give attention to subjects that have not achieved the minimum level and also (to give more) attention to these districts that need attention.”

by Neil Chan.

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