DISTRICT education offices will be given more flexibility in their operations so that they can plan and take action to narrow the gaps in student access to education and achievements more effectively.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the offices would be headed by top-performing leaders to ensure that school management is handled competently.
He said accountability would be based on a standard key performance indicator which would be disseminated to all offices.
Muhyiddin, who is also Educa-tion Minister, said this was in line with the areas of reform identified in the National Education Blueprint which is to empower district education offices, state education departments and schools.
He said the Government’s aim is to provide a high-quality education system. “We have to make sure our resources are being used effectively to build the best schools possible.”
“Good leadership aside, this will also require joint efforts which will involve district education offices, state education departments, parents and local communities,” he said before presenting awards to schools and district education offices at Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Gombak recently.
The ceremony saw 38 schools and six district education offices receive awards for their outstanding achievements in upholding the standard of their schools in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2012.
The Education Ministry has identified 11 areas of reform which will be implemented over the next 13 years in three phases.
The ministry earlier identified Sabah and Kedah as pioneer states that will go through a transformation programme.
Muhyiddin said he hoped all district education offices were ready to take on a bigger role in ensuring that school management is handled effectively.
“Building a good rapport between district education offices, school administrators and teachers will help achieve our aspirations. I hope that those who receive the awards will inspire others to do just as well,” he said in his speech.
He said SPM was recognised internationally, and that each process of the assessment system was done professionally and met international standard requirements.
SM Sains Tuanku Munawir principal Sabuddin Sani said many initiatives were taken to ensure that his students performed better in SPM.One of such examples, he said, was to organise motivational talks with help from the parent-teacher association.
TAN EE LOO The STAR Online Education Sunday Apr 21, 2013