Monday, January 20

Miri, Bintulu schools set to improve


Rosnani (front, third right) presents a memento to Serina as Marcus (fourth right) and others look on.

MIRI: Schools in Miri and Bintulu divisions are expected to improve their respective bands in the first 100 days of this year with the introduction of four initiatives under the National Education Blueprint 2013 to 2025.

They include School Improvement Partners (SI Partners) Plus and the launch of the e-Guru video on teaching best practices, which aim to elevate the standard of education to world-class.

Miri District Education officer Rosnani Yunus said under the SI Partners Plus, for example, the department expects all 60 schools in Miri to improve from their current band.

“The lowest band is 7 but in Miri there are no band 6 or 7 for secondary schools and for primary schools we have no band 5, 6, 7 but we’ll want to improve the schools’ band for example from band 4 to 3 and 3 to 2 and so on,” she told thesundaypost yesterday.

She said two former principals — Serina Sauni (SM Sains Miri) and Marcus Raja @ Markus Gatuman (SMK Lopeng Tengah) — have been inducted as coaches and mentors under SI Partners Plus.

Serina will take charge of 30 schools in Bintulu, Sebauh and Tatau, while Marcus will focus on Miri district.

Another SI Partners Plus for Miri will report for duty by the end of this month.

During a recent farewell dinner, Serina and Marcus indicated their eagerness to start with their new roles.

Serina said among their duties would be coaching and mentoring principals and headmasters to improve schools, spending four days a week at schools and reporting to the district education officer every Friday.

“That will be a challenge, new ground and experience and I am looking forward to mentoring and coaching based on our 34 years’ experience,” she said.

“It will be a tough, totally new field. Last time, we looked after students and teachers and now we focus on principals and headmasters, and we hope to improve the band for the schools,” added Marcus.