KUCHING: Giatmara has set up its pioneer Kelab Teknologi Bumiputera (KTB) in the state to give interested bumiputra school dropouts a second chance at pursuing higher education.
“With the setting up of the Kelab Teknologi Bumiputera, the more academically-challenged and school dropouts among bumiputra students will have a second chance to pursue tertiary education,” said state’s Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) director Sazali Salleh.
He said to ensure every bumiputra student would be able to benefit from the second chance, KTB would also be setting up KTB clubs in all secondary schools throughout the state.
The idea was to give wider coverage in reaching out to bumiputra rural students and school leavers who were academically challenged, he added.
Sazali said the club would help to give awareness and educate the students, especially those with low academic performance, on the type of courses available to them to pursue higher education.
“We want to make sure that no students especially the dropouts are being left out. We want to make sure that everyone of them is given a second chance to succeed in life,” said Sazali at the launch of the club in Kampung Lintang, Petra Jaya here yesterday.
Samariang assemblyman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, who was present to witness the ceremony, commended Giatmara for the initiative.
She noted that this was in line with the country’s Technical and Vocational Transformation Programme aim to increase bumiputra participation in skills training and to fill up job vacancies that require skilled labour.
“Efforts by Giatmara would definitely help the country in its efforts to reduce unemployment rates among school leavers and at the same time reduce social ills among youth and dropouts,” she added.
On the set up of KTB clubs at school level, she said it would go a long way in instilling interests among students to enrol in courses offered by Giatmara.