SIBU: The education promotion programmes organised by Yayasan Sarawak throughout the state is to ensure that all students can obtain the latest information on educational opportunities in Sarawak.
Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng Jin Ek said this is especially crucial to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) graduates who want to pursue higher education.
Chieng stressed that the Sarawak government through Yayasan Sarawak has established institutions of higher learning and skills institutions to develop the state’s human resource.
“Its establishment is an effort for the children of Sarawak to be able to further their education in both academics and skills.
“At the same time, I was informed that Sarawak students who are able to further their studies at the institution also get a Yayasan Sarawak scholarship, as long as they meet the required criteria.
“This means that financial problems are not a major issue for us to improve ourselves,” he said at the Sarawak Education Expo here on Yesterday (June 25).
Chieng pointed out that the expo was a platform to get the latest information on courses and fields of study offered through the involvement of the educational institutions.
“I am overwhelmed because the initiative of organising expos in all districts is able to avoid the issue of students dropping out from furthering their studies due to logistical issues or remote isolation and so on, even if the students have the appropriate qualifications.
“Hence, I call on all students to make the best use of this opportunity, especially SPM graduates.
“Meanwhile, for students who will sit for the SPM or STPM examination later, use this opportunity to get guidance and advice from representatives of existing institutions,” he said.
He emphasised that the information would enable the students to make plans for their future and at the same time enabling them to set goals to improve academic achievement in order to be able to take the course that is their target or dream.