Monday, 31 December 2012

Education Ministry announces another 25 HPS

The Education Ministry has announced another 25 High Performance Schools (HPS), bringing the total number to 91.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said RM18.7mil had been allocated so far for the schools to enhance their quality of education.

“Based on the success of the 66 HPS before this, the Government has agreed to continue the project from 2013 to 2015 with the target of 10 HPS a year,” he said in his speech yesterday.

The text of his speech was read out by Education Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said HPS should show that Malaysia's education system could improve to be on par with international standards.

“The HPS were also set up to ensure that every child has a chance to build a successful future regardless of socioeconomic background, who their parents are and where they are studying,” he said.

Dr Rosli later handed out certificates and mock cheques of RM700,000 each to principals and school heads.

The 25 new HPS comprised 13 primary and 12 secondary schools.

The primary schools are SK Tengku Ampuan Intan, Terengganu; SK Zainab 1, Kelantan; SK Bertam Indah, Penang; SK Sultanah Asma, Kedah; SK Convent Infant Jesus 2, Malacca; SK Bandar Penawar 2, Johor; SK Seri Gaya, Sabah; SK (P) Methodist 2, Malacca; SK Bandar Maharani, Johor; SRK Seri Indera, Perlis; SJK(C) Ave Maria Convent, Perak; SJK(C) Yok Bin, Malacca; and SJK(C) Union, Penang.

The secondary schools are SM Sains Sultan Mahmud, Terengganu; SM Sains Kepala Batas, Penang; SM Sains Pokok Sena, Kedah; SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Pahang; SM Sains Hulu Selangor, Selangor; SM Sains Labuan, Labuan; Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi (SBPI) Batu Rakit, Terengganu; SBPI Selandar, Malacca; SBPI Kuantan; SM Imtiaz Kuala Terengganu; SMK Sultan Ismail, Johor; and SMK Infant Jesus Convent, Johor.

Each school will receive an allocation of RM1.5mil over three years RM700,000 in the first year, followed by RM500,000 and RM300,000 in the subsequent years.

Schools were selected based on academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and niche areas.
Source : TheStar


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