SIP or the School Improvement Programme in Malaysia is a programme introduced in 2010 to assist school in helping students to achieve consistently good results. Considering that the School Improvement Programme (SIP) initiative is back in the news again, it might be appropriate for Berry Berry Easy to briefly explain what it is all about.
School Improvement Programme (SIP) Initiative in Malaysia
What: School Improvement Programme
Implemented Since: 2010
Initiative Under: Government Transformation Programme (GTP) – National Key Results Area (NKRA) under Education
What is SIP in Malaysia?
- SIP is an initiative by the government to challenge, motivate and support schools in Malaysia to improve student outcomes and improve the standing of all schools to excellent level.
- It is designed to work using a comprehensive mechanism with the cooperation of PEMANDU (or known fully as the Performance Management and Delivery Unit).
- In the programme, schools are given partners such as lecturers of Institut Aminuddin Baki, specialist coaches and excellent teachers.
- They are managed by the Teachers Development Division.
The School Improvement Programme comprises of 3 core elements. They are
- Listing of school performance
- School improvement toolkit
- Service line support programme
How is SIP monitored?
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are set for the schools individually after the problems are identified.
- This is done through the toolkit to identify areas for improvement.
- The partners will brief the head of schools on the right approach to take to improve their standing and performance.
- Head teachers or principal who underperform will be sent to a “Performance Management Programme” at the Institut Aminuddin Baki.
Actions so far?
- 209 primary schools are categorised under Band 6/7 which are categorised as low performing schools under SIP.
- The 209 schools are given special assistance with partners assigned to them.
- As for secondary schools, 88 schools were given special assistance.
- Another 340 schools will receive assistance in the second rollout.
What are the problems that can be solved?
The problems faced by the low performing schools include:
- Academic performance
- Teacher motivation
Progress thus far?
- It was announced by Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, that the schools under the low performance category have shown improvement under SIP in 2010.
- School Average Grade (GPS) for the low performance primary schools showed overall improvement as tracked by the improvement of results from the UPSR 2009 results to the UPSR 2010 results.
- Improvements were found in 140 out of the 209 primary schools.
- Improvement in GPS scores were as high as 40% in some cases.
- 10% of the schools in Malaysia is expected to exceed their performance standards through the SIP initiative.
Touted reasons for the improvements?
- Academic results of students can be linked to the approached used in the coaching programme and the monitoring of the schools.
- Smooth running of the ministry was attributed to the combined experience and expertise.
- Constant support provided by the Education Ministry to schools is considered to be the driving factor.
Is the SIP initiative working? Should the full list of success story be revealed to allow public scrutiny and also to allow the public to revel in the improvements? Would the improvements be made even without SIP? How effective is the SIP? Berry Berry Easy would like to hear all your views.