Abang Johari

KUCHING: The state government will utilise money from the State Sales Tax (SST) to train Sarawakians at its state-owned international schools to be on a par with the best in the country and the rest of the world.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said it was his dream to see Sarawakians excel through good education.

“The money paid by Petronas to Sarawak will be used for training youths in international schools so that they can be on par with others from renowned universities such as Cambridge University,” he said referring to the RM2.95 billion in SST that the national petroleum company paid to the state recently.

Abang Johari said while Sarawak has to adhere to the national education syllabus, poor students from rural areas must be attended to and those doing well in school, should have access to top-notch education for their future.

“Our international schools which will use the Cambridge syllabus are fully sponsored by Gabungan Parti Sarawak to produce students with high knowledge in new fields like cyber analytics and data analytics,” he said in Miri recently.

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong in a statement last Friday said the first state-owned international secondary school — Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School, would be operational by 2023.

Manyin said the school would identify potential students from the B40 group and rural areas, and provide them with the opportunity to realise their full potential.

“The schools will use the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge syllabus, and the first intake will comprise 100 students for Form One,” he said.

Abang Johari is scheduled to officiate at the ground breaking ceremony for the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School here on Tuesday.