IT was a proud moment for Chung Ling Private High School when the school received the Private Education Institution Quality Standard Certificate (SKIPS) again.
This time around the school not only received five stars, which is the highest requirement for SKIPS, but also made it to the list of the top five private high schools in the country.
School board of directors chairman Datuk Koay Hean Eng could not contain his joy as he thanked and congratulated the teachers, students and alumni of the school for the outstanding achievement.
“In 2012, we received the five- star certificate as well, but this time around it is extra special as the school is now one of the top five private schools in Malaysia.
“Throughout the year, the school has managed to obtain various accolades through its academics, co-curriculum and artistic ventures.
“But this year, the school had successfully carried out various community service activities,” he said in his speech during the handing over of the certificate ceremony at the school hall in Air Itam, Penang, recently.
The school celebrated the ceremony by holding a mini concert with performances by the school orchestra and songs and dances by its award-winning students.
State Education Department private and special education sector head Fadzil Abdullah, who handed over the certificate on behalf of the Ministry of Education, praised the school’s efforts to sustain a balanced environment for the students.
“The aim of this certificate is to make sure the quality of education in private schools is maintained, not just academically, but in sports and other activities.
“There are 17 criteria for grading private schools such as administration, discipline, teaching and learning, academic excellence, co-curricular achievements among others.
“However, more importantly, there should be a balance between academics and co-curriculum.
“It is very clear that Chung Ling Private High School strives to create that balance, producing talented students each year not just academically but through arts as could be seen during the performances,” said Fadzil.
The award, based on a time-to-time evaluation by the Ministry, is to ensure the quality of education in private schools meet the standard requirements, with the ratings given triennially.