Archive for the ‘Boarding / Residential Schools’ Category

Country’s First Orang Asli Residential Secondary School To Open In 2016

Friday, July 10th, 2015

SUNGAI SIPUT, July 9 (Bernama) — The first Orang Asli residential secondary school built in Kampung Bawong, here, hopefully can arrest the dropout problem among this indigenous community’s young.

Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said construction of the RM26.2 million residential school started in November, 2013 and was expected to be operational from next year.

“This school is a component for us to overcome the dropout problem among Orang Asli students from the primary to the secondary level,” he said after a breaking-of-fast with the Kampung Bawong Orang Asli community, today.

At the function, the minister also handed out contributions to the heads of household in the village, Orang Asli children and the keys to the Kampung Bawong Mosque.

Mohd Shafie said the residential school could accommodate 600 to 900 students and had 24 classrooms for Form One to Form Five, while the hostel could accommodate 400 students.

Mohd Shafie said this school was built under the Sungai Siput Orang Asli integrated village development programme as part of efforts to raise the living standard of this community.

“It would enable the 10,000 Orang Asli living nearby to send their children for schooling here,” he added.

Under the integrated programme, a mosque costing RM1.7 million was also built in Kampung Bawong. It was fully completed on May 31, this year and received authorisation from the state Islamic Religious Department to hold Friday prayers.

Mohd Shafie said he was proud of the educational achievements of the Orang Asli, with 40 of them furthering their studies abroad for the bachelor and master’s degrees and doctorate.

He said this year, 12 Orang Asli students took up further students in law, medicine and other fields.


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Government To Enhance Day School Capacity

Friday, November 25th, 2011

BANDAR BAHARU (KEDAH):  The government is focusing on efforts to enhance the day school capacity rather than building more boarding schools, said Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin.

The deputy prime minister said it would be costly to build more boarding schools whereas even without facilities like hostels, the day school capacity could be improved.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said many day schools categorised as high performing schools were not even boarding schools.

“It is the Education Ministry policy to make all schools excel in academics,” he told reporters after attending the 1Malaysia feast at the Serdang Square here today.

Muhyiddin said the construction of boarding schools was now seen from the aspect of catering the needs of students from poor families staying far away from schools.

“We may build two or three boarding schools annually. We want to encourage children to enrol in day schools. Day schools also posted excellent results. This is the approach I take,” he said.

He said the assumption that boarding schools were elite schools no longer hold true as day schools could be highly esteemed schools if they attained par excellence results.


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New Condition For Poor, Rural Students To Enter Fully Residential Schools

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has set a new condition for pupils from poor families to score 3As and 2Bs in the Ujian Peperiksaan Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and 4As and 1B for rural pupils in order to enter Form One in fully residential schools, beginning next year.

Its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the new condition was to facilitate the entry of the two categories of students into fully residential schools and receive a more complete education.

“The goal is for them to excel at the highest level and be able to give their families a better life in future,” he said in a statement today.

Among the criteria for entry into fully residential schools before this were scoring 5As in the UPSR and being active in co-curricular activities.


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Bed, board and learn

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

It isn’t easy living and studying away from home, but for some, the benefits of doing so far outweigh the disadvantages.

IMAGINE living in your school for 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire school year.

Did a shudder just run through your body?

While going to school might be the highlight of the day for some students, most other students probably just view it as a compulsory daily routine.

Why then do students choose to attend fully residential schools, or sekolah berasrama penuh?

The reasons why

For some, it is due to family influence.

“Both my parents were in boarding schools, and they always told stories at home about their schools, and I wanted to be like them,” says Sekolah Seri Puteri (SSP), Cyberjaya, Form Two student Nadia Alyssa Shamsul Muhardzi.

Her schoolmate, Form Four student, Fatimah Nadiah Mohd Hisham agrees.

“They both said that boarding school was fun, and would tell how they used to be ‘tortured’ in school.

“Plus students in boarding schools get to go overseas and have lots of opportunities that day schools don’t offer,” she says.

The advantages that residential schools offer, like increased opportunities and a reputation for academic excellence, are part of the reasons why students choose to enter these schools.

Says Form Four student Nur Ashiqin Mohd Azlan Shah: “We have the chance to participate in many programmes, especially international exchange programmes.

“For example, here in SSP, we have linkages with South Korea, Indonesia and many other countries.”

Meanwhile, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (SAS), Putrajaya, Form Five student Muhammad Zuheir Zulkifely, shares that the learning environment in residential schools is different from regular day schools.

“Our teachers are very experienced, and many of them are Guru Cemerlang (Excellent Teacher),” he says, adding that they get extra classes, or prep, from their teachers after regular school hours.

Living in a community of high-achievers also creates a different atmosphere from day schools, he adds.

Entry into residential schools in Malaysia is very competitive, with usually a score of all A’s in either the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) or Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) required.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom explains that besides good results, the ministry also takes students’ achievements in co-curricular activities, whether they are from rural areas and low income families into consideration.

Everything is planned

While the advantages of attending a residential school are many, there is also no doubt that the life of such a student is tightly scheduled and packed to the brim.

A typical school day starts around 5.30am and ends around 11.30pm. (Refer to table)

“Our schedule is so packed that sometimes we have to extend our study time into the night.”

Students in these schools, especially those about to take public exams, are allowed to study past lights out in their hostel study rooms.

“Being in a boarding school means strict schedules. I learnt how to be on time, and at the same time, enjoy myself and not be so stressed,” she says.

Having to live with so many other fellow students also inculcates other values.

Says Form Four student Muneeba Ubaidi Hishamudin: “The biggest thing I learnt is to be more patient.

“Before this, I had a short temper and didn’t think about the consequences of my actions.

“But being here, I learnt to be patient and how to compromise, and that it’s not all about me, but about other people too.”

by Tan Shiow Chin.

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