KOTA KINABALU 15 May 2012: There are no more principals below the DG52 grade in Sabah while the remaining 155 senior assistants in secondary schools are expected to receive their letters of promotion to DG48 level by next month.
Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin says all promotions were involved were backdated to Jan 1
This is in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's aspiration that 1,228 principals and 6,585 senior assistants in secondary schools nationwide would be promoted to DG52 and DG48 levels, respectively.
State Education director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin, in handing promotion letters to 54 principals and 370 senior assistants at SJK (C) Lok Yuk Likas here yesterday, said all promotions had been backdated to Jan 1.
"I don't have the figure (of principals in Sabah) but we have 214 secondary schools, including fully residential schools, technical schools and Islamic religious schools, where two are already holding Jusa (C) grade and some excellent principals are on the DG54 grade.
"The principals at today's ceremony are those still in DG48. So, with this, all principals are in DG52 or above."
He said with their appointment to a higher grade, the duties and responsibilities of these individuals would also increase, in line with society's expectations.
"In this context, the position of principals and senior assistants is considered the highest in the school institution.
"The achievement of a school is based on leadership effectiveness and that is why school leaders must maintain the momentum to move forward and be competitive while making wise decisions."