Schools Need to be Upgraded to Residential Status – Najib

PEKAN, Jan 3 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the normal secondary schools should be upgraded so that they would have similar features like fully residential schools to enable more students to benefit from better quality education at the secondary level.

The Deputy Prime Minister said in view of the limited places available at residential schools and the increasing number of students achieving excellent results, the facilities at the existing secondary schools should be upgraded so that they would have similar features like the fully residential schools.

Najib told reporters after presenting awards to 393 students, who achieved outstanding results in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) for the Pekan parliamentary constituency, that a normal secondary school, Sekolah Menengah Seri Pekan, would have certain facilities upgraded similar to that of the residential schools.

“It is now up to the Education Ministry to look at other schools which are similar to Sekolah Menengah Seri Pekan so that they can be upgraded like the residential schools in terms of infrastructure, credible teachers, student enrolment policy, hostel facilities and so on,” he said.

In another development, Najib said the government was still optimistic about achieving the Vision 2020 objective.

“The government is still optimistic and hopes that everyone will play their role according to their capability to realise Vision 2020,” he said.

He pointed out that four main factors contributed to the country’s development namely land, infrastructure, capital and manpower.

“The government believes that human capital is the key factor in determining our success and this involves various levels, macro and micro, including the efforts of the family institution to create human capital of credibility,” he said.

Asked whether the effects of the global economic crisis could affect the achievement of the Vision 2020 target, Najib said: “Of course, in our efforts to achieve this goal, we believe there will be more challenges ahead of us.

“In order to achieve the Vision 2020 target, we need to have an annual growth of six per cent, but the adverse effects of the global economic recession could hamper our growth rate for one or two years but when the economy recovers, we are confident of achieving the six per cent growth,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking at the Rehabilitation Within the Community Awards Presentation for the Pekan Parliamentary Constituency, here, Najib called on the private sector to consider recruiting the disabled group to fulfill their social obligation.

He said these companies could take in the disabled group to fill up one or two per cent of their manpower requirement and thus ensure them of a better future.

He said the government, which would continue to assist the disabled people, needed the support of the private sector to meet his commitment.

Source : Bernama

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