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Government To Enhance Day School Capacity

Last update: 24/11/2011
BANDAR BAHARU (KEDAH), Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The government is focusing on efforts to enhance the day school capacity rather than building more boarding schools, said Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin.

The deputy prime minister said it would be costly to build more boarding schools whereas even without facilities like hostels, the day school capacity could be improved.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said many day schools categorised as high performing schools were not even boarding schools.

"It is the Education Ministry policy to make all schools excel in academics," he told reporters after attending the 1Malaysia feast at the Serdang Square here today.

Muhyiddin said the construction of boarding schools was now seen from the aspect of catering the needs of students from poor families staying far away from schools.

"We may build two or three boarding schools annually. We want to encourage children to enrol in day schools. Day schools also posted excellent results. This is the approach I take," he said.

He said the assumption that boarding schools were elite schools no longer hold true as day schools could be highly esteemed schools if they attained par excellence results.

In his speech, Muhyiddin said he would ask Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to look seriously into building a hospital for the Bandar Baharu District under the 10th Malaysia Plan's rolling plan as many women from the district had to travel to a hospital in Parit Buntar, Perak to give birth.

"The children lost their privileges as Kedah residents although they are domiciled and go to schools in Kedah," he added.

Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah had also raised the predicament recently.

Muhyiddin also announced an allocation of RM5 million for the construction of the new Bandar Baharu District mosque.