KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal has called on all principals in the state to always be well-informed of the State Government’s latest policies and initiatives, especially when it concerns the education industry
Shafie stressed that knowledge and good understanding of the latest policies and initiatives of the Education Ministry would enable the principals to implement more programmes in line with the State Government’s direction, and thus preparing their students to face any challenges.
“For example, schools should further activate STEM and TVET programmes in their respective institutions – in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“The success of these schools will pave the way for more job opportunities for the people and for them to not rely solely on jobs that are provided by the government,” said Shafie in his speech, read by Assistant Education and Innovation Minister Jenifer Lasimbang at the 43rd Sabah Principals Conference on Wednesday.
Shafie added that all the principals in the state must also be equipped with leadership qualities, so that it would be easier for them to lead their subordinates and to better manage their schools.
He also assured the principals that the Education and Innovation Ministry would work closely with the State Education Department to channel funds for the refurbishment of the dilapidated schools in Sabah.
“As for now, the State Government will focus on the dilapidated schools in the rural areas that are in need of facilities.
“We will try our best to help the schools despite financial constraints that we’re currently facing. If we don’t have enough money to build schools, we will assist in other aspects,” said Shafie.
A total of 222 principals from around Sabah and Labuan attended the conference.
Among those present were Sabah and Labuan Secondary Schools’ Principals Association president Kusdi Ribut and state education director Mistirine Radin.