‘Schooling’ in hospital

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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