KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) — The absence of negative reactions to the setting up of the Wawasan (Vision) School Complex in five states, beginning in 2002, shows that the goals of its establishment have been met, according to the Education Ministry.
Assistant director of its Education Policy Planning and Research Division, Rusidah Mohd Amin said the students of these vision schools were interacting well among themselves under one roof.
“They also get to share the basic facilities like sports field, hall, canteen, resource centre, computer lab and so on,” she told Bernama.
However, she added, there were no plans yet to increase the number of Vision School Complexes and meanwhile, the ministry would only be focusing on efforts to achieving more, based on the objectives of the Vision School concept.
Rusidah said the ministry also so far, had no plans to set up the Vision School Complex in Sabah and Sarawak.
The existing six Vision School Complexes are at Pekan Baru in Parit Buntar, Perak; Taman Aman in Alor Setar, Kedah; Tasik Permai in Penang; USJ 15 in Subang Jaya, Selangor; Pundut in Seri Manjung, Perak and in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Universiti Malaya’s Education Faculty dean, Prof Dr Saedah Siraj said the implementation of the Vision School concept had been an effective initiative towards shaping a nation with its citizens being united, working together and living in harmony, but there was still room for improvement.
She said such a concept had actually already existed in the vernacular schools with their multiracial students inculcated with the practices of sharing, cooperating and tolerance towards each other.
“With the vision schools, I think improvements could be made in some aspects such as reviewing the curriculum and exposing the students to deeper unity in order to raise the effectiveness of the concept.
“But I am confident and believe that the Vision School concept will have effective results in future, as there will be better multiracial understanding from studying under one roof and this will help rid of communal feelings and racist attitudes,” she added.
Assoc Prof Dr Kulanthayan KC Manir from the Community Health Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Medical and Health Sciences Faculty, also believes that the Vision School concept can help forge racial unity as the sharing of infrastructure and facilities enables racial interaction among the students.
Asked to comment on the achieving of the Vision School goals, he said he had not received detailed information on the matter.
“If the objectives have been achieved, I suggest that the initiative be extended to other areas and involve more schools and students.
“If otherwise, I propose that the implementation processes be reviewed and the shortcomings identified, as well as proactive measures taken to overcome them,” he said.
Dr Kulanthayan also suggested that all the Vision Schools set up a Racial Unity Club at their respective complexes as it could help create a continuous process of forging racial unity.
by Nor Hayati Endan,