KOTA MARUDU: Development of rural schools is not an option, nor a ‘want’. It is a must.
Stressing that it is a vital basic need for the people, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili noted that education is still the means to develop long-term human capital.
“It is the most important basic infrastructure to be provided to rural communities, and education is still the means to develop long-term human capital,” he said to the crowd at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Students Excellence Awards programme, here, Thursday.
The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament added that basic infrastructure, such such as clean water, electricity supply, roads and medical facilities, to mention some, are important necessities.
“But the prime mover in poverty eradication and income improvement is still education.
It’s a the community’s basic need,” he said.
That is why the Barisan Nasional has always championed provision of rural education infrastructure although a lot more needed to be done.
Ongkili added that good teacher leadership at school level and hardworking teachers, equipped with cooperative parents, are important keys to success.
“SMK Tandek is an excellent model where under good tripartite partnership among teachers, parents and community, the school had persistently improved in all examinations results over the last three years.
“The school was even able to compete with big schools in other districts,” he said.
At the event, Ongkili presented excellence awards to the school’s top scorers in Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Persekolahan Tinggi Malaysia (STPM).