CM: S’wak govt will continue supporting international schools at the tertiary level

Abang Johari (centre) cutting the cake as a symbolic gesture for the opening of Riam Road Secondary School's new academic and administrative block and Riam Hill International Secondary School in Miri today, while Dr Sim (second right), Lee (left), Ting (right) and Riam Road Secondary School chairman Dato Sri Lau Kiu Kiong look on.

KUCHING, Nov 15: The Sarawak government will continue to support international schools at the tertiary level to ensure future generations are equipped with the right knowledge for the new economy in the 21st century.

In pointing this out, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said holding a bachelor’s degree does not necessarily guarantee employment, based on future economic development.

“We in Sarawak are very fortunate, we have a liberal and open government as far as education is concerned.

“We really prepare Sarawakians towards the demand of the new economy. Otherwise, you will be isolated and obsolete,” he told reporters after officiating at the opening of Riam Road Secondary School’s new academic and administrative block and Riam Hill International Secondary School in Miri, broadcast live via Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) Facebook page, today.

Abang Johari noted that the Sarawak government also recognises the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

Apart from that, he said the Sarawak government has also allocated RM10 million every year to assist the development of Chinese secondary schools in the state.

“That is our constitution and I hope the people would understand the educational policies adopted by the state government.

“Although education is under the federal government, for tertiary education particularly the international syllabus, we are doing it for the sake of our children,” he added.

He said the Chinese school syllabus, as well as the international school syllabus, are a good combination for students to study both Chinese and western cultures.

The chief minister explained that going towards the digital era by the year 2030, this is part of the talent development and innovation process.

“This school will contribute to the students’ foundation so that they can pursue their studies at national universities as well as overseas.

“Therefore, I think Riam Road Secondary School, both the international school and the Chinese independent school, can guide the students towards that,” he said.

Also present were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, and other distinguished guests. — DayakDaily