Posted on January 29, 2013, Tuesday
KUCHING: Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has given his assurance that mission schools in the state will not be sidelined and will continue to play a role in the national education system.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister said claims that mission schools were not included in the National Education Blueprint was a misunderstanding.
“The mission schools have been managed by the Ministry of Education in terms of the teachers’ placement, payments of salaries as well as other forms of assistance while the schools’ co-curriculum is also of national standard where the students also sit for PMR, SPM, STPM examinations including matriculation“Based on that, mission schools remain in the national education system as what has been discussed recently with Tan Sri Bernard Dompok who represented the country’s mission school associations,” he said.
Asked on whether English would be used as the medium of instruction in mission schools, Muhyiddin said that there was no such intention at the moment.
“However, we are looking to improve the quality of English among students in all the schools in the country including the mission schools,” he remarked.
Earlier, Muhyiddin attended a gathering with some 3,000 civil servants at a leading hotel to foster closer ties and collaboration between national leaders and civil servants.
Among those present were Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Ghani, Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing and Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.