Posted on June 18, 2012, Monday
by Georgette Tan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Norkiah (second right) and Fatimah (second left) cut the ribbon to officially launch the hair styling workshop at TPSK. Also seen are Abdul Rahman (left), Rosey (third right) and Noriah (far right). — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi.
KUCHING: The young ladies of Taman Seri Puteri Kuching (TPSK) can continue their education uninterrupted and without stigma despite the situation they are in.
Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yesterday proposed that an Integrity School be set up at TPSK to enable all residents of schooling age to pursue their education, particularly if they have a hard time fitting into normal schools.
“I had a chance to visit the Integrity School at Kuching Prison and they have qualified teachers from the Education Ministry teaching pre-PMR, PMR, pre-SPM and SPM classes.
“They also have complete facilities and a supportive learning environment,” she said when speaking during the launch of a hair styling workshop at TPSK.
The prison school saw some of its students achieving success in their studies. Fatimah noted that TPSK had a higher number of potential students than the prison.
“If we can establish one here, I believe the residents will be able to resume their studies in a systematic way and get guidance from a trained teacher. Those who were left behind in their studies will be motivated to pick up their education again, and they will have the opportunity to get involved in co-curricular activities.”
She further said the learning environment would be more supportive and less stressful.
“There is some stigma when the residents here go to a normal school, especially if they are pregnant.
“If there is an alternative, why not? At least they will have a chance to keep on studying.”
TPSK is a shelter and rehabilitation centre for girls under 18 who were rescued from social or moral dangers under the Child Act 2001 (Protection).
It provides the girls with care, treatment and accommodations, as well as life skills. TPSK currently has 35 residents.
The hair styling workshop was officiated by Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, wife of Sarawak Head of State.
Also present at the launch were Pantai Damai assemblyman Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Early Childhood Education and Family Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus and State Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad.