Coming up tops: Muhyiddin (centre) posing with Amir (third from left) and Mohamad Rashid (third from right) at the award ceremony.
SERDANG: The Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) of SK Setiawangsa has clinched the best overall award at the 2012/2013 National PIBG Excellence Awards.
“All the hard work of the past four years has paid off,” said chairman Amir Sahudi, whose team successfully built a sports field out of a swamp at the school compound.
They also helped to redecorate classrooms and travelled to schools in Penang, Malacca and Kuantan to help raise awareness on the advantages of parent-teacher cooperation.
“Statistics have shown that parents’ involvement will make the school a success. You can’t rely just on the teachers or on the parents for success. There has to be team work from both parties.”
Amir, whose four children have attended the school, said he was close to tears upon getting the trophy.
He and secretary Mohamad Rashid Othman claimed their trophy and RM50,000 prize money from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at a ceremony held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang yesterday.
The PIBG of SMK Taman Tuanku Jaafar from Negri Sembilan and SK Muzaffar Shah from Johor were the best overall for secondary and primary schools respectively, each winning RM30,000.
Other winners included SMK Seafield of Subang Jaya for best urban secondary school; SMK Kampong Selamat of Seberang Perai Utara (best rural secondary school); SK Bukit Rahman Putra of Sungai Buloh (best urban primary school); SK Seri Makmur of Sungai Besar (best rural primary school); SK Kampung Kudung of Segamat (best interior primary school); and SK Kuala Namadan of Tambunan (PIBG most promising award).
They each took home RM10,000.
In his speech, Muhyiddin said the ministry’s Parents’ Toolkit (Sarana Ibu Bapa) programme had thus far trained 332,000 teachers in 8,753 schools, involving 2.2 million parents at 9,023 schools.
“The programme focuses on learning environment, social interaction with children, communicating with children and supporting student excellence that aims to maximise parents’ involvement in their children’s education.”
Muhyiddin said the Parent Support Groups under the Schools’ Toolkit (Sarana Sekolah) programme had been set up at 62% of secondary schools and 60% of primary schools.
“It is aimed at bringing parents, students and schools closer together,” he said.