Muhyiddin Launches School In Hospital Programme

KUALA LUMPUR:  Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched the “school in hospital” programme today to allow children, who are hospitalised for a long time, access to formal education.

The initiative is the brainchild of Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the patron of the programme, and a collaborative effort involving Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen, Education Ministry and the Health Ministry.

It aims to provide formal and structured education programme to students and children who are being warded for an extended period of time.

In his speech, Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister said through the programme, parents need no longer worry about how their children could attend classes during hospitalisation.

“As a father, I can relate to the concern faced by parents whose children are in hospital for a long time because that would mean missing formal education; this is especially worrying for those whose children are sitting for the public examination.

The “school in hospital” is an educational programme which differs from the regular school as it is based on a “fun learning” approach.

Muhyiddin said a calm, interesting and colourful environment was a natural therapy for students and children in hospital.

The deputy prime minister also said that the implementation of the “school in hospital” programme was unique as it took only six months to be fully operational on July 18 with 16 teachers and four assistants.

“I’m giving not just my 100 per cent support but more than 200 per cent, not because the idea was mooted by my wife but because it is part of our responsibility to prepare children for the future,” he said.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, expressed gratitude to the teachers for their willingness to get out of their comfort zones and to be deployed to the school in hospital.

In his media conference, Muhyiddin also said that the programme would be expanded to all general hospitals nationwide, especially those with a paediatric unit.

He said that at present, only three hospitals were chosen for the implementation of the programme, namely Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital and Serdang Hospital.


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