Saturday July 28, 2007
Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar schools urged to improve results
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysias two sports schools in Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar have been urged to improve their achievements and gain worldwide recognition as a model for academic and sporting excellence.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that the ultimate aim for the Malaysian sports schools is to be leaders in the development of sports in the country and ensure that potential champions are groomed with proper guidance from the grassroots level.
Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar must strife to be different and we are ready to provide all the assistance they need in order to be different from the rest of the schools in Malaysia.
These two schools must carve their own niche so that they can be recognised through their individual achievements and also act as the catalyst for the development of sports in the country, said Hishammuddin.
The Minister yesterday launched the School High Performance Sports Programme, which will target at identifying talented schoolchildren in the lower age groups and groom them into champions.
The programme is divided into three categories. The first involves strengthening the fabrics of the existing two sports schools and ensuring the three new schools to be built will also have good programmes in place, initiating exchange programmes with sports schools from other countries and finally a programme for schools at the grassroots level throughout Malaysia.
The plan for the grassroots development will be tabled at the Cabinet Committee for Sports when they meet on Tuesday. Once that is accepted then we will start to implement it. I have said before that sports development must start at school level and there is a need for wider participation in the schools, he said.
He added that the three new sports schools would be built over the next few years in Pahang, Perlis and Sabah.
Also present at the launching ceremony yesterday were representatives from the sports schools in Thailand and Singapore.
Hishammuddin said that for the moment eight sports would be selected to be the core sports under the programme.
They are artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, diving, hockey, athletics, sepaktakraw, badminton and football.