MOE implemented eight (8) Vision Schools (Sekolah Wawasan) throughout the nation in 2002. At present there are 5 successful Vision Schools in operation as follows:
- Vision School Pekan Baru, Parit Buntar, Perak
- Vision School Taman Aman, Alor Setar, Kedah
- Vision School Tasik Permai, Penang
- Vision School USJ 15, Subang Jaya, Selangor
- Vision School Pundut, Seri Manjung, Perak.
The essence of the Vision School concept is putting a national school and one or two other vernacular schools together at the same site to share common facilities such as the school canteen, assembly hall, playing field, etc. For example the Vision School in Subang Jaya, which encompasses three schols as follows:
- SK Dato Onn Jaafar
- SJK(C) Tun Tan Chen Lock
- SJK(T) Tun Sambanthan
Each school has its building, its own administrators, teachers, etc. These schools also maintain its own medium of instruction – Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese or Tamil respectively. The different buildings are linked together by a link-way of some sort.
The students from these three seperate schools only get together during break time (at the canteen); weekly assembly (at the assembly hall); sports and games competitions (at the playing field) or during other organised activities.
It is hoped that the close proximity between these students from different back ground, races, religions, etc through such a pre-arranged school setting, and through well organised formal and informal activities such as through games, sports, and other co-curricular activities will encourage greater interactions; better understanding; among them and thus to foster national unity in the long run.
Basically it is an approach towards educating students to understand and accept the cultural diversity of Malaysia and at the same time – still participating the Malaysian mainstream culture.
The whole concept of the Vision schools is excellent, but more time and effort is needed before it can be fully understood and accepted by all.
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