JOHOR BARU: The national objective to achieve 100% literacy and numeracy rate among primary school students by 2012 is on track, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“We are close to achieving 90% this year and the number is expected to increase to 95% next year.
“It’s safe to say we are on track to achieving the intended target,” he said.
The ministry had introduced the literacy and numeracy screening programme (Linus) where effective this year, primary students would be monitored to ensure they mastered the three R’s – reading, writing and arithmetic.
The screenings are done three times a year on Year One students.
“Students who fail the screenings will be placed into either Linus-dedicated class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme if it is discovered they have learning disabilities,” he told a press conference after the Walk to End Polio programme.
Dr Wee said the ministry was working closely with the Health Ministry to ensure early identification of students with chronic illnesses.
“Early detection is paramount towards ensuring the students receive the adequate treatment needed,” he said.
On disciplinary problems among students, Dr Wee said 97% of students nationwide had good disciplinary records.