Students at local schools in Betong district has been reminded to buck up to improve their exam results. The reminder was conveyed by Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas. At the same time, Uggah also urged the school staff, its PTA and villagers to work together to achieve better result for the affected students.

In addition, the poor performance of the students is also attributed by the incompetency of the teaching staff. The Ministry of Education is at fault here. With limited resources in rural schools, students are deprived of adequate learning materials and it up to the teachers skills and experiences to guide the students. However, it has become a norm for the Ministry of Education to send a greenie or fresh teacher to those rural school without giving proper training for those teacher to teach under performing students.

As for the case of Sekolah Kebangsaan Ng Lawih, the Headmaster must also take the blame for not monitoring the situation. SK Ng Lawih UPSR passing rate stood at 22 per cent. In 2006, it was 55 per cent.
A very pathetic result and shame to the teaching staff there. Perhaps some of the teaching staff should be transfer away and bring in more committed teachers.

The performance of the students of SK Ng Lawih is at the mercy of the teaching staff and it is very important for the students there to get good results so that they can further their studies and have a brighter future. Otherwise, they will remained in the backwater of Betong.

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Source: (May 21, 2008)

MP: 22 pct, down from 55 a let-down

BETONG: Local MP Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas has challenged students at rural schools here to score better results than their predecessors, in the UPSR examination.

Uggah, who is Natural Resources and Environment Minister, said he was saddened by the dismal performance of last year’s UPSR candidates at SK Ng Lawih.

Speaking at the school recently, he announced a RM5,000 grant “as an incentive” to do better, according to an Information Department press release.

“Similarly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, who was also present, announced a grant of RM6,500 for the school,” the press release added.

It quoted Uggah as saying that school staff, its PTA and villagers needed to “sit down together and look for ways to raise the passing rate of the school’s UPSR result”.

“There is no short cut to achieve success in education,” said Uggah, adding, “It is imperative that students really concentrate on their studies with proper guidance from their teachers to achieve better results in the future.”

Last year, SK Ng Lawih UPSR passing rate stood at 22 per cent. In 2006, it was 55 per cent.

Headmaster Ngali Jepit said various efforts had been implemented to ensure better results.

According to him, the school is now holding monthly test, pre-UPSR examination, UPSR clinic, motivation camp and other relevant programmes to assist students.

Meanwhile, Uggah also donated RM10,000 to Rh Ringkai nearby for infrastructure development.


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