KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Education Department hopes to attain 24 key performance Index (KPI) for this year.
Its director, Mistirine Radin said in her address held at the Sabah Federal Complex auditorium near here that this includes various sectors, and that one of them is to improve the minimum achievement of students in the UPSR examination for this year.
She added that the percentage of students acquiring the minimum grade D achievement in all subjects taken in the examination is still low.
Last year, the department only registered an achievement of 53.61 percent.
“Our aim for this year is 58 percent,” she said.
She also said that the department aims to increase the number of schools providing basic vocational training.
Presently, there are five schools providing the basic vocational education, she said.
She said that the department plans for 10 more schools to offer vocational training so that Sabah will altogether have 15 vocational schools.
At the same time, the department also targets to increase the percentage school attendance of students from 92.3 percent in 2018 to 93 percent, this year.
Later in a meeting with press members, Mistirine said that the department will be launching intervention programmes to ensure all the KPI set are achieved.
She also said that this will include going down to the grassroots and monitoring the situation at school levels.
She also spoke on the issue of stateless children in public schools in Sabah and stated that they will continue to use the present standard operating procedure that has been put in place to handle the issue.
She said that there were three category of students in Sabah – those are Sabahans / Malaysians with documents, non-Malaysians with documents, and local folks who are without documents.
She added however that she did not have the exact number students that are without any documents at schools in Sabah.
During the meeting, she also spoke that the Early School Assistance of RM100 for qualified students have already been deposited in the respective schools’ account on Jan 4.