Ministry urges private sector to help enhance national education agenda

Amir Foundation chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda (right) presenting a memento to Wan Saiful.

KUCHING, July 30: The Ministry of Education encourages the private sector to be involved in the nation’s education system, either directly or indirectly, in order to strengthen the national education agenda.

In making this call, the ministry’s special advisor, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, said the private sector could, for instance, come up with ideas or methods on how to deliver education in urban areas effectively. On the flip side, government officers must change their mindset that this effort would require everybody’s involvement.

“I urge the private sector to answer the government’s call to be involved in making an impact in the development of our nation’s education system. One immediate way the private sector can do so is by contributing to the Trust School Programme (Program Sekolah Amanah),” he said at the opening of the 6th Trust School Programme Convention 2018 at Riverside Majestic Hotel here this morning.

Wan Saiful addresses some 700 participants at the opening of the 6th Trust School Programme 2018 at Riverside Majestic Hotel in Kuching this morning.

About 700 teachers, education officers and students are taking part in the convention.

Wan Saiful said by contributing new ideas on how to boost the Trust School model, the private sector would be lightening the burden of the Amir Foundation, which has been helming the programme.


Currently, 83 schools and 10 state Education Departments are participating in the Trust School Programme. This initiative applies best practices in management and leadership as well as pedagogy in learning and teaching, with the ‘whole school improvement’ approach as an education change strategy.

Wan Saiful (right) and Amir Foundation chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda (second from right) stopping by one of the booths set up by participating schools at the 6th Trust School Programme 2018 at Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, this morning.

Wan Saiful stressed that smart partnership between the government and the private sector was important to improve the quality of the education system and to ensure optimisation of learning.

Such a partnership would also enable Pakatan Harapan to fulfil its pledge to lower the cost of education and make education accessible to everyone, he added. — DayakDaily