|First Batch Of Cluster Schools Comprises All Categories
KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 (Bernama) -- Sekolah Kebangsaan Ulu Lubai at Limbang, in Sarawak's interior and Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Tereh, Kluang, which is an Orang Asli school in Johor are among the 30 cluster schools announced by Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today.
He said the first batch of cluster schools comprised all categories of schools.
They included SJKC Keat Hwa, Alor Star for the Chinese schools category, SJKT Simpang Lima, Klang for Tamil schools and SKPK Alma, Penang for special education schools, he said in a statement issued here today.
He said nine from this first batch comprised national schools (SK), three national religious secondary schools (SMKA), two technical secondary schools (SMT), 11 day secondary schools (SMH) in the town areas and five boarding schools (SBP).
Hishammuddin said the selected schools were "not the best schools in the country" but they had the potential to excel.
He said the schools were selected by the Clusters of Excellence Advisory Board chaired by former Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad at its meeting last Tuesday.
"All the 30 schools can be a benchmark for other schools which are interested to apply as cluster schools.
"From this April, the ministry will open applications for schools interested to be listed as cluster schools," he added.
For this year, 300 schools from various streams would be listed and classified as excellent group, with the hope that they would be able to raise the country's standard of education, he said.
Other selected schools comprise:
National schools: SK Sultan Idris 2 (Perak), SK Infant Jesus Convent (Johor), SK Sri Gaya (Sabah) and SK Zainab 2 (Kelantan)
SMKA: SMKA Al-Mashoor (Penang), SMKA Sharifah Rodziah (Melaka) and SMKA Sheikh Abdul Malek (Terengganu).
SMT: SMT Tawau (Sabah) and SMT Tuanku Jaafar (Negeri Sembilan)
SMK: SMK Aminuddin Baki, SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, SMK Victoria, SMK St John (all in Kuala Lumpur), SMK Penang Free (Penang), SMK (P) Sri Aman (Selangor), SMK Sultanah Asma (Kedah), SMK Sultan Sulaiman (Terengganu), SMK Abdul Rahman Talib (Pahang), SMK Derma (Perlis), SMK Gunung Rapat (Perak).
SBP: Sekolah Alam Shah (Putrajaya), Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (Selangor), Kolej Tunku Kurshiah (Negeri Sembilan), Malay College Kuala Kangsar (Perak) and Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra (Kelantan).
Hishammuddin said in line with efforts to strengthen the administration of cluster schools, the ministry today signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of London-Kings College, United Kingdom for an intensive post-graduate programme to train principals and headmasters/headmistresses in leadership and management.
"The intensive course offers a Post-Graduate Certificate in School Management and Leadership which can be used as credits to pursue their studies at the Master's level," he added.
He said through the programme, the ministry would also send leaders of cluster schools to the United Kingdom for a two-month course on leadership and management.
"The school leaders will be given hands-on learning experience not only through visits but also placements at selected schools in the UK," he added.