Tuesday, March 2

PPKS commended for its School Adoption Programme


Hallman (right) presents a token of appreciation to Fatimah while Rambli (second left) and Hassim look on. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) will adopt more secondary schools under its School Adoption Programme as part of efforts to promote technical and vocation education and training (TVET) in Sarawak.

Its executive director Hallman Sabri said the programme is aimed at building closer rapport with secondary schools in Sarawak and create greater awareness on TVET among the students.

“We believe TVET is the way forward for Sarawak. Through the programme, we hope to contribute to schools in terms of giving certain skills and knowledge to teachers and students so that they can understand how TVET can improve the socio-economy of individuals and society,” he told a press conference after paying a courtesy call on Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah at her office in Masja Building here yesterday.

There are 31 secondary schools in Kuching and 11 in Mukah being adopted under PPKS’ Schools Adoption Programme.

“We are going to adopt more secondary schools in Sarawak, and our next targets are schools in Limbang, followed by Bintulu and Miri,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fatimah commended PPKS for initiating the School Adoption Programme, which she said was a good marketing strategy to promote TVET to students and their teachers.

“The programme is a smart way of sharing information with the students, teachers, parents and the community as they (PPKS) can come to the schools and give talks to students about their courses, their facilities and the various assistance being offered.

“This is a very good marketing strategy. You are not only creating awareness about TVET and the courses but also giving first-hand experience to teachers as well,” she said.

The purpose of the courtesy call was to invite Fatimah to officiate at the presentation of PPKS incentives and scholarships to excellent SPM and STPM students last year, to be held at SMK Oya in Mukah on April 26.

PPKS Vocational College director Rambli Hasbi and communication officer Hassim Hassan were also present during the visit.