Monday, March 07, 2005

Premier schools to set standard

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry wants premier schools to be the benchmark for secondary schools nationwide.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said as centres of excellence, the schools would be models for all secondary schools in line with the objective to establish a world-class education system.
The ministry, he said, would also introduce several methods to achieve this objective, including creating healthy competition among the premier schools, not only in the area of academics but also in sports and other co-curricular activities.
“With competition, I am sure that we can improve the status of the schools,” he said in a statement.
The premier schools' excellence, he added, should be shared with secondary schools in the rural areas.
Hishammuddin said the ministry would assist premier schools in establishing linkages with reputable schools overseas to enable the school administrations, teachers and students to share their experiences.
When met at the centenary celebrations of St John's Institution yesterday, the minister also said schools nationwide would be supported with allocations, teachers and infrastructure.
He added that it was important to support schools with long histories and excellent track records such as St John's, Convent Bukit Nanas and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar so that their traditions would carry on and these schools would continue to be a benchmark for other schools around the country.

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