MIRI: The Riam Road Secondary School (RRSS) management has been given a pat on the back for setting up the Riam Hill International Secondary School (RHISS) which provides an education based on the Chinese syllabus as well as the Cambridge syllabus.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the combination of the two syllabi is good for the students as they can learn both Chinese and Western cultures.
“I must also congratulate the school for its far-sightedness and their vision to produce students that can adapt to the changes, particularly the demands and needs of the future.
“RRSS chief executive officer Dr Pauline Ho once said we want to produce students of the 21st century to meet the demand of the 21st century. Besides that, the state is going towards the digital era by the year 2030.
“This is part of the process of what we call talent development and innovation. And I think this school contributes to the foundation of the students, where they can pursue their studies overseas including the international universities,” he said to reporters after officiating at the launch of the RRSS new academic and administrative block and RHISS.
He added that RRSS and RHISS can produce students that can meet the needs of the digital era.
“When students graduate, they can go into courses on cyber science data, analytic software development and this are all based on logarithm.
“So, the students must be very strong in mathematics and science subjects to pursue these studies.
“Therefore, I think both RRSS and RHISS are capable of streaming the students towards that,” he said.
The chief minister added that the Sarawak government is preparing its people for the demand of the new economy.
“Otherwise, you will be isolated, and you will be obsolete … even though you have the degree but your degree does not conform to the demand of the future, that is why you need a degree that is demanded in the future economic development,” he said.
RRSS is the first Chinese independent school that set up an international school in the state.
Meanwhile, Dr Pauline said that RHISS is to provide Cambridge IGCSE education with realistic and affordable fees to families.
“Besides that, students in RHISS will study Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, History and Moral, if any of the students want to opt for admission into a local public university,” she said.
She said after completing the Cambridge IGCSE qualification, students can continue to Cambridge GCE A level at Riam International of Technology which is an accredited examination centre of Cambridge International Examination.