New international school spells good news for Sibu folk

The secondary school project is coming up next to Kolej Laila Taib.

GROUND preparation work for Sarawak Foundation’s international secondary school in Sibu has started.

The project, located at the runway of the old airport, near Kolej Laila Taib and opposite University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS), is expected to be completed on April 15.

Locals are excited over the project as it comes closer to fruition.

An educationist, who did not want to be named, said the school was good news for the community.

“If the fees are cheaper than private international schools, then even poor students may get a chance to benefit from quality education at a price they can afford, ” she opined.

Single mother Pearly Leong, whose 13-year-old son is studying at an international school, also welcomed the project as she is thinking of enrolling him at the Sarawak Foundation international school.

“I will need to consider the fees and teachers’ qualifications. I will also have to consider who the principal is, ” she said.

The school will offer International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

Shipping executive Albert Tay, 54, wants more details on the project to be made available.

“There has been nothing much on it, ” he said.

Similar schools in Kuching, Miri and Bintulu offer the IGCSE offered by the Cambridge Assessment International Education Board.

These schools accommodate rural students whose families are from the B40 bracket.

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin recently said that the schools would cater to students from Year 7 to Year 11 (Form 1 to Form 5) and would offer a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

He said besides IGCSE, students would also be prepared to take Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) as private candidates.

“This will ensure that our students have the option to enter overseas institutions with their IGCSE or local universities with their SPM certificate.

“This is also to give opportunity to our students to obtain the

necessary credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia to qualify for employment in the government sector, ” he added.

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