BINTULU: School principals not only manage their schools but are involved in forming disciplined human capital of the future.
Minister of Planning and Resource Management, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the role played by principals is critical as the school is a nursery to produce knowledgeable, competent and high calibre individuals capable of continuing the country’s leadership.
“A principal is not only a leader of a school but also local community,” he said at the opening of the Education Management Conference in conjunction with the 46th annual general meeting of Sarawak Secondary School Principals Association (PPSMS) at ParkCity Everly Hotel yesterday.
He said principals were not only educators but managers, leaders, administrators and consultants.
“The issues they have to tackle are becoming increasingly complex as parents expect quality education and good exam results from their children.
“I think creating a High Performance Schools (HPS) as a sub-field of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) for education is part of the answer,” he said. His speech was read by Assistant Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Abdul Wahab Aziz.
On disciplinary problems in schools, he said principals had to more effectively address disciplinary problems among students, and parents should be more concerned about their children.
“When the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) held a meeting, only the mothers were present while fathers were said to be busy working. Parents should know that the PTA plays an important role in determining the performance of children,” he pointed out.
The education of children should be shared by parents since education begins at home with parents as role models.
Education state deputy director Jiadah Alek representing state director Abdillah Adam and PPSMS chairperson Mastura Anuar were among those present at the conference themed ‘Holistic Leadership Transforming the National Education’. It was attended by some 183 principals in the state.