KOTA BELUD: The success of Kota Belud’s pupils in last year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) showed that activities held under the district’s Jelajah Jejak Kejayaan (JKK) programme were well executed, said Sabah Education director Datuk Jame Alip.
He said the JKK academic programme – the brainchild of Kota Belud education officer Abdul Bahkrin Mohd Yusof and implemented in January last year – would continue this year to ensure greater success for schools in the coming years.
“I am sure that improvements to the new JKK 2.0 will lead to the desired results as envisioned by the Kota Belud District Education Office.”
Jame said this in his speech text which was read out by the state Education Department’s head of the school management sector, Mohd Zaini Yanin, at an appreciation ceremony for high-achieving Kota Belud students in the 2015 UPSR,
He said the JKK 2.0 that would be carried out in 57 primary and nine secondary schools this year was in line with the Malaysia National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 to transform the role of the district education offices through the District Transformation Programme (DTP), to achieve the nation’s educational goals.
At the ceremony, Mohd Zaini presented certificates and plaques to 59 pupils from 26 primary schools who scored 5As in the 2015 UPSR with the highest number from SK St. Edmund and SK Taginambur with seven pupils each, and quality teacher awards (AGK) to 148 recipients from 33 schools which also received the school quality awards (ASK).
He also handed out certificates to four primary schools which met their UPSR key performance indicators (KPIs) last year and to 40 schools for improved performance in the 2015 UPSR examination compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, Abdul Bahkrin told Bernama that the JKK was introduced last year in which teachers from 57 primary and eight secondary schools were given assistance in setting their KPIs, and planning and running of activities to boost the academic performance of their schools.
He said the programme enabled the District Education Office to directly support the schools’ endeavours in raising students’ achievements and in developing a culture of excellence and healthy competition in schools.
The programme also challenged school teachers to change their mindset about being complacent with the status quo and to set a higher target for their students, particularly in their examination scores, he added.
“Forty out of the 57 primary schools which joined last year’s programme saw improvement in their UPSR scores compared to 18 or 20 schools in the previous years. Eight schools achieved a school average grade (GPS) of less than 1.99 last
year, a far cry from only the usual number of two schools getting around that same score each year in the last decade,” Abdul Bahkrin said.- BERNAMA