Archive for the ‘Schools in Hospitals’ Category

School-In-Hospital Programme Continues To Benefit Ill Students

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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TAWAU, May 12 (Bernama) — The ‘School in Hospital’ (SIH) programme will continue to provide education to students who are warded in hospitals to prevent them from being left behind in their studies, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching.

Mary Yap, who is also Tawau Member of Parliament, said the programme under the Ministry of Education, was among the government’s initiatives to ensure that no students would be left behind in their studies due to their health problems.

“Specially trained teachers are placed at SIH to teach those students using certain methods and activities,” she told reporters after visiting the SIH at Tawau Hospital here today.

The Tawau SIH, which was set up in 2015, now has six teachers and two assistant teachers with eight students aged between six and 14.


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Mentoring ill students

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

COPING with the sudden demise of students is just one of the challenges and heartaches faced by teachers in hospital-based schools.

Norhayati Abu Bakar, a teacher at the school inside Hospital Selayang, said two of her pupils passed away due to illness.

“It really pulled at my heartstrings,” she said sadly.

“It is quite sad. Sometimes, we have pupils coming in with an intravenous drip or oxygen mask,” Norhayati added.

Another teacher Au Yeong Su Lyn shared a similar story when a student passed on.

“It is very challenging but we have to accept it,” she said.

“We still have other students who need to be taught so that they can keep up with the lessons ,” she added, saying it was for these reasons that teachers had to remain strong.

Au Yeong who used to teach in a secondary school, said that initially there were students who refused to join in the lessons but after plenty of coaxing and parental intervention, they soon warmed up to the teachers and actually enjoyed their lessons.

“We employ a fun-learning environment with iPads and books. Slowly, they get used to us and they will study,” she said.

She said that the teaching style in the School in Hospital (SDH) programme was different from that of normal schools.

“In normal schools, we would be rushing to complete the syllabus and examinations. Here we teach according to the student’s own pace,” she said.

Both Norhayati and Au Yeong said they were inspired to continue teaching their charges despite the challenges they face everyday.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin congratulated and thanked the teachers for their commitment and sacrifices in teaching the hospitalised children.


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Positive response to Schools in Hospitals

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SELAYANG: A TOTAL of 40,568 students seeking treatment at government hospitals have benefited from the Schools in Hospitals (SDH) initiative between July 2011 and March this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said three more SDHs would be opened in Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak by year-end under the programme’s fourth phase, to add to the 10 SDHs nationwide.

“A study among SDH students conducted by Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Temerloh last year showed that a number of them said their illnesses were less painful after taking part in the initiative.

“The study also revealed the students were more cheerful, manageable and tolerant of their medical procedures and recovered faster,” he said at the launch of the second and third phase of the SDH project at Selayang Hospital yesterday.

Present were Muhyiddin’s wife and SDH patron, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan and Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

The second phase involved the setting up of SDHs at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru, Johor; Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh, Pahang; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur; and, Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

In the third phase, SDHs would be set up at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar, Johor; Universiti Malaya Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor; and, Selayang Hospital here.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said the fun learning approach of the SDHs had a positive effect on students and their rehabilitation process.

“The education ministry will also carry out a more comprehensive study on the link between studying in SDHs and the development of clinical patients.”


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Three More Schools In Hospitals To Be Opened This Year – Noorainee

Friday, January 17th, 2014

PETALING JAYA:  Three more Schools in Hospitals (SDH) will be opened this year in Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak.

Wife of the Deputy Prime Minister Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman said the opening of the schools would bring the total number of these schools to 13.

“To date, there are 10 such schools operating in Peninsular Malaysia and this year, we hope to extend it to Sabah, at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Likas, and to Sarawak, at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.

“Another SDH will also be opened at the Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban,” she told reporters after visiting the University Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM) SDH, here today.

Also present were the Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Operations) Datuk Sufaat Tumin, PPUM Director Profesor Datuk Dr Ikram Shah Ismail and PPUM SDH Supervisor Khairul Azman Jamaludin.

An idea mooted by Noorainee, the SDH was set up in major hospitals in the country to provide educational facilities to students undergoing treatment there.

So far, the 10 SDH in Malaysia are at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in Cheras, Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baharu, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh, Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar, the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and Selayang Hospital.


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Smooth learning for sick kids

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

NOORAINES’S UK VISIT: “Schools-in-Hospitals should link with home-based schools”

LONDON: LINKING Schools-in-Hospitals (SDH) to patients’ home-based schools, as practised  in   Britain, is important in ensuring the continuity of education for patients in hospitals, said Puan Sri Noorainee  Abdul Rahman, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin.

She said this after a fact-finding visit to The Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which was established in 1951.

Norainee is also the patron of Hati Nurani, under non-governmental organisation Nurul Yaqeen Foundation, which runs the SDH programme in Malaysia.

During the visit, she was accompanied by Associate Professor Normah Dali, president of Hati Nurani, Datin Radziah M. Daud, expert in early education and childcare, and entrepreneur Puan Sri Fadzillah Ariff. They were taken on a tour of the wards, which promote learning by having interesting information and illustrations plastered on the walls.

They were also given a briefing by assistant head teacher John Sosna on the programmes run by the hospital.

Norainee said she was inspired to put in place several of its plans, including linking SDH to the patients’ home-based schools.

‘School in Hospital’ to be extended

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

HELPING YOUNG PATIENTS: Selayang Hospital and UMMC latest to offer this service.

KUALA LUMPUR: THE “School in Hospital” (SDH) programme will be extended to two more hospitals  next month.

Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said the two hospitals would be Hospital Selayang and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

“With these two, we’ll have 10 hospitals with the SDH programme.”

The programme was introduced at hospitals which have a high number of children needing prolonged treatment.

SDH began in 2011 to provide lessons while the students recuperated in hospital.

Other hospitals offering SDH are Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Sultanah Aminah Johor Hospital, Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Krian, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh and Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

Help for 22,000 students

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

GOOD RESPONSE: School-in-Hospital programme sees an increase in number of students over the years.

KUALA LUMPUR: MORE than 22,000 students have benefited from the School-in-Hospital (SDH) programme since it was launched in 2011.

The programme, which is available in eight hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia, was formulated under a joint collaboration between the Education Ministry, Health Ministry and non-governmental organisation Hati Nurani, a committee under the Nurul Yaqeen Foundation.

Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Hati Nurani patron, said the SDH programme was established to provide formal education to pre-school, primary and secondary school students who were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

“From July 2011 to April this year, 22,174 students who were admitted at these hospitals received lessons from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm,” she said during an event yesterday, where several corporate companies presented aid to the foundation.

by Tharanya Arumugam.

Malaysians Welcome ‘School In Hospital’ Concept

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

SERDANG: — Recently, this writer was in a lift with a young mother at a public hospital here.

The woman pressed the button numbered five in the lift, indicating that she wanted to go to Level 5, the location of the hospital’s paediatric ward.

“Visiting anybody?” came an inquiry from this writer.

“I want to visit my six-year-old child in the ward. The child was admitted after suffering from convulsions.

“The nurse called me this morning, informing me that my child can consume food and go for brisk walks in the ward,” the young mother said.

“The nurse also said my child is happy, able to attend a classroom located on the same floor. Thank goodness, there is a school in the hospital,” she added.

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The Education Ministry, Health Ministry and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) have come up with a concept where a school is brought to the paediatric ward in the hospital to enable child patients to attend classes like their healthy peers.

This means that child patients’ rights to education are not ignored.

This School In Hospital (SIH) is held free of charge for child patients at participating hospitals. Several government hospitals have allocated special places for SIH classrooms to provide education for patients at primary and secondary school levels.

Physicians attending to child patients need to certify that the children are able to attend the SIH classes that are conducted by experienced teachers from the Education Ministry.

The teachers are under the supervision of a senior teacher from the ministry.


Teachers, under the Education Ministry, can apply to become SIH teachers under the Special Education Division of the ministry.

Among subjects covered by the SIH are Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science.

by Hazlinda Hamzah.

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‘School’ a hit with young patients

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: WHEN she heard of the school-in-hospital programme last year, 37-year- old Azura Sulaiman wasted no time in applying to teach  young patients.

Azura, who used to teach in a government primary school, now finds Ampang Hospital her second home, teaching English to about 20 students a day, most of them suffering from chronic diseases such as leukaemia and cancer.

She is one of four teachers involved in the programme, the the brainchild of deputy prime minister’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who visited the hospital yesterday in conjunction with its first anniversary.

Ampang school-in hospital supervisor, Linda Tai Shan Lian, 55, said the students in the hospital were always cheerful in class since they had activities to take part in, instead of just staying in the wards.

“The school has built up students’ confidence as they are not left behind when they return to school,” said the Science teacher, adding that there were also co-curricular activities.

The pilot programme introduced in three hospitals, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Hospital and Serdang Hospital, has recorded an unexpected turnout of 6,550 children in one year.

by Rachel Rigi.

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‘Schooling’ in hospital

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

THEY may be children afflicted with various medical conditions but their earnestness in wanting to learn and absorb is evident from the way they rush to class at 8am when lessons start only start at 10am.

It is the same during the afternoon session as they turn up in class long before the doors open at 2pm.

Teacher D.H. Mil Jaisa Biok is amazed at their enthusiasm despite their respective illnesses saying: “It is simply surprising that they have the energy and an unwavering spirit in class … this makes us (teachers) even more determined to teach them,” she added.

The children at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) have been able to attend classes while being warded for medical treatment, thanks to the School in Hospital (Sekolah dalam Hospital) programme.

Initiated by the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the programme will be introduced to major hospitals in other states soon.

Its pilot project at HKL was launched by Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, on Wednesday.

There are currently eight teachers at HKL. Four teachers are now serving at Hospital Serdang and Hospital Ampang respectively.

by Tan Ee Loo.

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