LANGKAWI: The Education Ministry wants to groom 300 schools to be world-class institutions.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he had given the task of identifying the schools to the district education officers. There are 10,000 schools in the country.
The list should include all sorts of schools, including premier, boarding, private, vernacular, religious and international schools, he said.
“I want by the end of this year the names of the schools with potential to be groomed into world-class institutions,” he said, after closing the national convention for education management for district education officers here yesterday.
Hishammuddin said he wanted to prove to the world that there was strength in diversity.
“Many see diversity as a stumbling block to excellence. We want to prove them wrong,” he said.
“We must show that schools that use any medium can be on par with premier schools in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.”
Hishammuddin said he would place “cream of the crop” heads and teachers at the identified schools.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will unveil an education blueprint next month,” he said.
“Policies, strategies and procedures have been clearly outlined in the blueprint for all the players in the field to follow.
“I want everything that is planned under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to be implemented according to schedule,” he said.
“There should be no stumbling blocks. I do not want bureaucratic practices to impede the implementation of the projects and programmes aimed at strengthening our education system,” he added.
“We want to strengthen the teaching profession and will no longer allow those who are not qualified to enrol in or graduate from the teacher-training institutions.”
He also said there would be a system of cleanliness, health and safety in schools to boost human capital development.
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