KUCHING: An estimated 38,530 young children throughout Sarawak will begin their formal education at Primary One for the 2013 schooling session which officially starts tomorrow.
A statement issued by State Education director Abdillah Adam stated that 1,263 primary schools, including four special education national schools, would be operating during this schooling session.
“The enrollment for pupils from Primary 1 until Primary 6 throughout Sarawak is 252,343 pupils, including 66,814 pupils in the Chinese national-type schools,” he said.
He also mentioned that 1,399 pre-school classes had been established in 1,075 primary schools, four special education national schools, four teachers’ training institutes, and two secondary schools in the state for the new schooling session.
“Altogether, these pre-school classes will have 34,975 toddlers aged from four to six years. The increase of 16 more pre-school classes show the seriousness
of Sarawak in realising the Education Ministry’s wish in providing early education to many as possible.”
On secondary schools, Abdillah said 185 secondary schools had been approved by the headquarters to operate in 2013. These, he revealed, include seven religious national schools, six vocational colleges, four smart schools, two government-aided religious schools, one science school, and one arts school.
He also stated that 61 of these secondary schools would be run on double sessions.
“All in all the number of students enrolled in secondary schools is 219,940, including the 1,120 in special education classes. A total 3,958 will be in transition classes and 44,277 will begin their Form 1.
A total 7,855 students would proceed to Upper Form Six, of which 1,332 are in science stream and 6,523 are in arts stream,” he said.
On the number of teachers in primary schools, he said 24,721 posts had been filled by trained teachers of which 44,4 per cent or 10,987 are graduate teachers.
For the secondary schools, he revealed that 13,896 posts had been filled up, including 12,128 teachers or 86.7 per cent who are graduates.
“A total 20,113 teachers in primary schools or 81.4 percent are locals. In secondary schools, a total 10.406 or 74.4 percent are locals.”
On a related matter, he stated that the Education Ministry would continue to supply digital materials for the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening English Language (MBMBI) to schools in the state.
He also said that one-off RM100 aid for students from Primary One to Form 5, and the RM250 to Form Six students, would continue this year.
Source: The Borneo Post