Medical Journal of Malaysia

MJM, Vol 70 Supplement 1 September 2015

Students’ satisfaction towards the school health programme in Sarawak, Malaysia

Haseanti Hussein, Mohd Taha Arif, Zabidah Putit, Md Mizanur Rahman, Razitasham Safii

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak


Introduction: To assess the satisfaction of the students towards the School Health Programme in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was done among 1498 primary and secondary government school students in Sarawak, Malaysia. Multistage sampling was done to select divisions, districts, schools and classes. Data was collected via self-administered questionnaires after acquiring informed consent from their parents or guardians.  Data was analysed using SPSS Version 21. Chi square test and binary logistic regression were used to analyse the data. Based on the median satisfaction score, satisfaction was divided into high satisfaction and low satisfaction.

Results: Out of 1384 respondents, 51.2% has low satisfaction while 48.8% has high satisfaction with the School Health Programme. Factors associated with the satisfaction were division, location of school, ethnic group, and receiving notifications prior to the School Health Team visits.

Conclusion: The students’ satisfaction towards the School Health Programme is associated with division, location of school, ethnic group, and received notifications prior to the School Health Team visits, which are non-modifiable factors. The author recommends the restructuring and reinforcement of the School Health Programme and modifying its implementation approach in order to suit the current needs of the students.

Keywords: School Health Programme, Sarawak