SIBU: Assistant Minister for Education and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee will set up seven more community-based tuition centres (PTKRP) in longhouses under Nangka constituency this year.
This followed the success of five such centres established last year for longhouse children, the programme provided free-of-charge.
Another seven longhouses in Nangka area will have PTKRP this year, taking the number to 12 longhouses in total. This is to improve the academic performance of children in these longhouses especially in English, Mathematics and Science subjects, Dr Annuar said after visiting the PTKRP or ‘Pusat Tusyen Komuniti Rumah Panjang’ at Rumah Bungan Jaya at Mile 8 here recently.
The centre at Rumah Bungan Jaya was the first to be set up last year and presently caters to Primary 1 to 6 pupils nightly from Mondays to Thursdays.
Dr Annuar, who is also Assistant Minister of Housing and Public Health, said PTKRP is designed to inculcate the habit of completing their homework and doing nightly revision among longhouse children.
The Nangka assemblyman said there is a teacher helping out with their school work two nights per week. The teacher will also teach, especially on core subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science. He said the programme will instil a sense of ownership as it involves longhouse chieftains and residents. The longhouse chief will schedule the rounds for parents to supervise the night class.
On nights when the teacher is not around, parents will take turns to supervise the night class to ensure the children complete their homework.
We like parents to be involved in this programme so they will place greater emphasis on their children’s education, while encouraging cooperation among them, Annuar said.
Parents’ involvement is key to sustaining the programme. He said the programme’s objectives are to inculcate the habit of completing their homework, doing revision and reading among longhouse children; PTKRP aims to elevate the children’s academic performance through the tutor assigned; and it galvanises support from all residents in longhouses as a community-based tuition programme.
‘Tuai Rumah’ Bungan Jaya said the programme has positively impacted children in his longhouse, and they are regularly revising their lessons � especially important for those sitting for public examinations. Bungan mentioned that secondary students too want to join the night class.
In this regard, we are asking for nine more tables to add to the 15 tables occupied by pupils. There is also a need for a fan and more lights to make it more conducive for holding the night class. All residents in my longhouse thank YB Dr Annuar for his concern for our children’s education. He started this programme to see longhouse children excel academically, Bungan said.
Source: The Borneo Post