Sabah’s first NBOS-PILS lab at Tawau school


TAWAU: The building of laboratories under the National Blue Ocean Strategy and Joint Initiative Programme (NBOS-PILS) concept should be extended to all schools as a step in transformation to better education.

Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the concept could help improve the academic performance of students through effective teaching and learning.

“I will also seek to extend the concept and any project that has a major impact leading to positive economic impact on the people of Tawau,” she added when officiating at the NBOS-PILS Science Laboratory and launching the ‘Buku Panduan Kesedaran Menghadapi Gempa Bumi’ at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Wakuba yesterday.

The NBOS-PILS was implemented from 2014, involving an expenditure of RM150,000

from the ministry, covering four schools in three states, namely Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

Beginning this year, Yap said the ministry had agreed to set up five more laboratories – four in Besut, Terengganu and one in Tawau.

The laboratory in Tawau, namely SMK Wakuba, will serve as a pilot project in Sabah. It is not merely a science lab but can serve as a classroom.

Mary, who is also Tawau MP, said this project could bring positive impact to the people’s economy in Tawau, and improve the educational achievements of students through effective teaching and learning methods.

Thus, she hoped the school management and teachers could make full use of this specification science lab.

Meanwhile, SMK Wakuba principal Dzulkarnain Mali said the laboratory would be beneficial to the school’s 483 students and serve as a driving force for Science stream classes.