PETALING JAYA: The overall concept of a “cradle to career” approach to education is sound but a more thorough study should be done before it is implemented, said National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.
She said the programme would surely make a difference to students, especially those from remote areas who get help from social workers.
“But we also need to ensure that the social workers are well-trained and given the resources to carry out their work.
“Perhaps we can do a pilot project first before implementing the programme nationwide,” she said.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the initiative would be especially beneficial for families relying on a dual income.
“With both parents at work, it would help to have additional support in monitoring the children.
“I’m enthusiastic to have such a programme, but it should be done whole-heartedly and consistently instead of on an ad hoc basis.
“Every child has the potential to succeed, but without proper guidance they may easily go astray — this is why interventions such as these are important,” she said.
They were responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s statement in the United States that Malaysia was looking at implementing such an approach in Malaysian schools to reduce dropout rates and boost student success.