Thursday, January 03, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: The new school term looked promising for the 425,665 children nationwide who started their primary schooling yesterday.
The number of students this year, however, is slightly lower in comparison with the 449,475 students who entered Year One last year.
Overall, enrollment in schools throughout the country proceeded smoothly, with no reports of lacking or unsatisfactory amenities for students, with the exception of schools in flood hit states.
“Things have been under control and although there were few schools which had initially faced problems with the lack of school textbook supplies, the issue has been resolved swiftly in time for the commencement of the new academic session,” National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) president, Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hassan said.
In ensuring that parents and guardians of students have enough resources to fulfill the needs of their children, especially in the first two months of the schooling session, Mohamad Ali also urged schools to defer from collecting fees for its respective Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) till the end of February.
“They may start collecting from March onwards to help ease the burden on parents.”
Mohamad Ali also suggested that schools which were forced to shut down owing to floods to organise supplementary classes.
“This is to make up for the lost hours, as well as to enable students affected by the floods to keep up with their peers in other states.”
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan also welcomes the suggestion to hold extra classes for students of affected schools.
However, he said that proper planning should be done to ensure that teachers are not burdened with workload.
Hashim said that since the schools reopened, no complaints or grouses from teachers have been recorded, indicating a good start to the academic year.
Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairperson, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, also expressed her satisfaction in the smooth flow of the new schooling system.
“I believe things will get better, especially with the unveiling of the new Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which promises to revamp the education system.”