Family background, house size not deciding factors of academic performance

YB Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education. – INFOFOTO

BY James Kon

MORE in-depth research must be conducted to determine any correlation between students’ academic achievements and the size or types of houses they reside in, said YB Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education.

He was responding to a query on studies focussing on the academic achievements of students who reside in terrace houses which could limit their space for studying by YB Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong, Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Penghulu of Mukim Tanjong Maya at the 14th LegCo session Monday.

The minister revealed that a study was conducted in all primary schools based on PSR achievements in 2017 in relation to a number of factors like areas and social economic background, namely the number of students who receive assistance in each school and the overall assessment results.

“The study covered 17 primary schools located in the National Housing Scheme nationwide. For 2017 PSR, nine schools showed good results while five schools acquired average results and three schools obtained unsatisfactory results,” he said. “The findings show that a number of primary schools in housing schemes with students who receive assistance show unsatisfactory PSR results. However, there are also other schools with low social economic background in the housing area that have shown good PSR performance.

“The study shows that the social economic background of a family or size of a house do not constitute as deciding factors on students’ academic performance,” he added. “These issues need to be studied in-depth by the Ministry of Education and relevant parties.

“Without calculating the size and type of houses, parents and guardians must understand the best approach to help children with their studies such as monitoring homework and revision,” the minister added.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin