Moreover, independent schools
have a substantial economic footprint.
'Despite facing national debts and a deficit, but the government in giving the education sector the biggest allocation (RM60.2b or 19.1% of the total budget), and giving an allocation next year of RM652 million to various school streams, including Chinese independent schools
, proves the government's determination to give emphasis to each ethnic group's education and this is heartening,' he was quoted saying by Sin Chew Daily.
The Scottish Council of Independent Schools
(SCIS) represents 74 independent schools
in Scotland and says the sector remains in good health despite recent economic and political challenges.
The ISC's figures, which cover GCSE data collected from 549 UK independent schools
on 37,913 candidates, show that 62.6% of entries scored at least an A - or a 7 under the new grading system.
However, such initiatives are rare: sponsoring an academy is a complex challenge and few independent schools
have the capacity to do it.
However, Rasheedi warned, these principles have encountered a number of challenges which threaten their effectiveness, including the excessive interference of educational authorities, and the standardisation of textbooks and syllabi, which compromises the Independent schools
' most important principle, namely their independence in matters of education.
THE head of a North East independent school
has hit out at the Government's draft GCSE league tables, due to be published today.
Ian Buss, head of education at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: 'Independent schools
understand that they need to stand out to attract a new intake of students each year, and they are increasingly investing in their school's infrastructure so they can provide state-of-the-art classrooms, technologies and sporting facilities.'
The ISC figures show the results of 479 independent schools
and combine a range of qualifications including A-levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB), BTecs, the Extended Project Qualification and the Cambridge Pre-U examination.
For children with special needs such as dyslexia or autism, there are many outstanding independent schools
that offer the best provision in the country.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "Independent schools
must adhere to the Independent School