Category: Education

Education and awareness on vaccines should be ramped up to prevent anti-vaxxer ideologies from taking root in society, urged Malaysian paediatricians.

This comes in light of the transition to a hexavalent vaccine for babies under the Health Ministry’s National Immunisation Programme (NIP).

Also known as a six-in-one vaccine, the hexavalent vaccine protects against six life-threatening and infectious diseases, namely diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and hepatitis B.

It’s a step up from the NIP’s previous five-in-one vaccine which did not include protection against hepatitis B.

While the hexavalent vaccine is nothing new on the market and has been used in Malaysian private practices since 2013, Ara Damansara Medical Centre’s department of paediatrics head Dr Rakhee Yadav said that more awareness is needed so parents will not be swayed by misinformation from anti-vaxxers.

Convincing parents who are “on-the-fence” when it comes to vaccinating their children is especially important to ensure successful implementation of the hexavalent vaccine in Malaysia.

“One anti-vaxxer could spark a cluster of misinformation involving all their peers and we don’t want that to happen.

“We need to educate parents and encourage them to seek information from the right people, whether it’s their general practitioner or their paediatrician, and not someone on the internet or a dodgy website.

“Once we cater to them, they will most likely convert to the pro-vaccine side,” said Dr Rakhee.

Concerns over anti-vaccine sentiments flared up after a three-month-old boy in Sabah fell ill with polio in December 2019, causing Malaysia to lose its status as a polio-free country.

As of October 16 this year, the Health Ministry has recorded four polio cases in Sabah and three of these cases involve children who had never received a polio vaccine in their lives.

Malaysian Medical Association president-elect Dr Koh Kar Chai said that parents cannot afford to become complacent with vaccinating their children just because deadly diseases like polio are no longer common.

Vocal fear-mongering by anti-vaxxers could also reduce vaccine compliance and threaten public health at large.

“The Malaysian public generally looks at vaccination in a favourable light except for the odd anti-vaxxer who puts a spanner in the works, so overall education is really the way to go.

“We tend to let our guard down when things get easy and the reason why we don’t see any of these deadly diseases anymore is that we’ve had our NIP in place since the 1950s.

“The programme not only helped to reduce the number of people with these diseases but it also eradicated some of these diseases,” said Dr Koh.

Child immunisation is not mandatory in Malaysia but Dr Rakhee said that making vaccines compulsory by law will not be a clean-cut solution for combating anti-vaccine sentiments.

Following the example of countries like Germany, where unvaccinated children are not allowed to attend school, would spark concerns on the rights of children when it comes to education.

“We’ve seen a huge reduction in vaccine-preventable diseases because of vaccine programmes throughout the world but making them compulsory brings up a whole host of legal issues to deal with.

“For example, stopping unvaccinated children from attending school touches on the rights of education for a child.

“We cannot withdraw one right (education) for the sake of another right (health) and there’s a lot of debatable issues in regards to making vaccines compulsory, so education and awareness is the way to go,” said Dr Rakhee.

What are the benefits of the hexavalent vaccine?

Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that as of October 20 this year, 49 countries have added the hexavalent vaccine to their respective NIPs.

Malaysia’s Health Ministry also stated that large-scale clinical trials and studies have proven the efficacy and safety of the hexavalent vaccine with no adverse side effects being reported.

It also brings several benefits to parents and their babies as it reduces the number of injections needed to protect children against six diseases.

The hexavalent vaccine is administered to babies with three primary doses at the age of two, three, and five months and one booster dose at the age of 18 months.

Along with a separate hepatitis B vaccine given after birth, children will only need five injections in total for protection against six diseases compared to the seven doses needed for the five-in-one vaccine.

“The inclusion of hepatitis B in the hexavalent vaccine means fewer injections and fewer reasons to come to the clinic.

“Fewer injections means fewer crying episodes for the child and parents won’t have to take as many days off work to bring their child to the clinic,” said Dr Rakhee.

The hexavalent vaccine is aimed at reducing the likelihood of missed injections, thus keeping children up-to-date with their vaccinations and safeguarding public health.

Parents can direct any questions on the hexavalent vaccine to the Health Ministry by calling 03-88834042/ 03-88834504 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or visit the nearest public health clinic for more information.

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As the 2020 school year drew to a close on November 9, parents and teachers could not help but reflect on how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Malaysian schoolchildren’s daily lives and studies.

On the last day of school, a primary school teacher in Seremban, affectionately known as Cikgu Ila, posted this message on her Year One pupils parents’ WhatsApp group: “I’ve already packed your children’s books. Later I’ll let u know when to come to the school to collect them.

“I feel sad as I go about clearing the classroom. Who could guess 2020 would end like this. We are forced to part without any speech or message for the pupils. After this (next year), the children will go to the second year.”

She also attached some photographs of the deserted classroom. Her pupils’ books, neatly packed and arranged on their desks, were a reminder of their rather brief stint in schools this year.

Some of the parents were moved to tears by her message and photos.

“Sad to see Cikgu packing up our children’s books. They only managed to go to school for a few months. They didn’t even have the chance to get to know their classmates better,” said one parent.

“Sad our children did not get to know each other or the chance to explore Year One. It has been an ordeal for all of us,” said another parent.

Limited social interactions

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted children’s lives and disrupted their daily activities.

Malaysian schoolchildren, for example, were barely in school for three months when schools were shuttered following the enforcement of the movement control order on March 18.

Although schools reopened in the middle of the year, the children returned to a totally different environment at school due to the need for them to wear a mask and practice physical distancing, as well as eat at their own desk during break.

Are children at risk of developing mental and emotional issues in view of the new norms that are forced on them?

Child psychologist Dr Noor Aishah Rosli acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on children in terms of their emotional, cognitive and behavioural aspects.

Children, particularly those aged between four and 11, by nature are cheerful and love to mingle and play with their friends; however, the Covid-19 pandemic drastically limited their interactions, she told Bernama.

“They could no longer go out and play with their friends at the playground or go to shopping malls with their parents. They have to stay at home as it is the safest place for them.

“Besides these social changes, some children feel stressed and fearful when their family members are obsessed with using sanitiser and face mask and paranoid about getting infected by the virus.

“We also have to take into consideration children who come from different backgrounds… some of them may be living in big houses but there are also those who live in congested dwellings with their big families. All these factors can influence their emotions, attitude and behaviour,” said Dr Noor Aishah, who is also a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaya’s Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling.

At a time when even adults are reeling from the effects of the pandemic, children need all the moral support they can get from their parents to remain motivated and keep themselves up-to-date with their studies and adapt to the new normal way of life.

Illiteracy

Niena Najwa Mohd Rashid, a clinical psychologist at Pusat Pakar Psikologi Jiwadamai in Shah Alam, said among the challenges children may face are learning-related problems including illiteracy as this year’s limited formal schooling session has left syllabuses uncompleted.

“Learning online in an informal setting at home can affect their concentration and focus. Furthermore, not all children have access to Internet facilities, computers and printers,” she said.

She said in this respect, the government should consider providing free Internet access or setting up Internet centres to ensure that children from needy communities are not left behind in their studies as a result of the pandemic.

According to the UNICEF Data Hub on the website, at least one-third of the world’s schoolchildren — 463 million children globally — were unable to access remote learning when the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close.

The actual number of students who cannot be reached during the pandemic is likely significantly higher than this estimate. In many situations, despite remote learning policies and the presence of the necessary technology at home, children may be unable to learn due to skills gaps among their teachers or a lack of parental support.

Stress

Dr Noor Aishah, meanwhile, said parents play a crucial role in monitoring the academic progress of their children whose classes are being conducted online.

She said with the experience they had gained during the initial phases of the MCO, they are now probably better prepared mentally and have the necessary devices to facilitate the e-learning process.

She, however, advised parents not to feel too stressed if they are not able to follow the online sessions with their children.

“It’s not easy for parents to supervise their children, especially if they are working from home and have a number of children whose online classes they have to manage.

“We are worried that all those responsibilities may cause them stress which will have an adverse effect on their emotional state which, in turn, will impact their children,” she explained.

Describing the learning process as a long and continuous one, Dr Noor Aishah said parents can on their own initiative teach their children whenever they have the time. This will not only forge closer ties but also enable them to identify and rectify any weakness in their children.

“For example, if your child who is in Year One can’t read properly, then just focus on teaching him or her to read well,” she added.

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A mum claims her 16-year-old daughter was sent home from school in just 20 minutes because of her tan and eyebrows.

Megan Davies was told that she breached school uniform rules by having too much fake tan and penciled eyebrows.

It was the teenager’s first day back as a Year 11 pupil at Lord Derby Academy.

But her mum Marie Davies, from Huyton, defended her daughter, claiming her tan was natural from holiday and her eyebrows are naturally thick.

She told the Liverpool Echo : “They’ve said she’s too dark. We’ve only just come back from Portugal, so it was a real tan.

“They said her eyebrows were too dark as well. I understand some girls draw them on and go in with big slugs but my daughter doesn’t do that.

“She has never had to paint them or anything like that.”

Mrs Davies added that teachers had said Megan’s shoes also breached uniform rules, but could not understand why.

She said: “They’re just plain black lace-up shoes. There isn’t a diamond on them, there isn’t a bow.

“She said half the girls in her year have got the same identical shoes. They haven’t been sent home, only Megan has.”

Mrs Davies said teachers had previously objected to Megan’s eyebrows and her daughter had been forced to prove she wasn’t wearing any brow pencil.

She said: “Most of the time we did laugh about it, because they would stand outside the gates with wipes.

Megan’s shoes also breached uniform rules nut Mrs Davies could not understand why.

Teachers had reportedly previously objected to Megan’s eyebrows and had been forced to prove she wasn’t wearing any brow pencil (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“Megan would wipe her brows and there wouldn’t be anything on them.”

But after six months away from school, Mrs Davies said she was “totally disgusted” that her daughter had been sent home on her first day back.

Lord Derby Academy principal Vicky Gowan said she was unable to comment on individual cases, but said: “We operate to the very highest of standards at Lord Derby Academy.

“We take pride in our traditional approach to all aspects of school life. We strive to ensure every pupil at LDA is treated fairly and that our rules regarding uniform are applied consistently.

“The school is always keen to work in partnership with families so that the clear expectations regarding uniform and appearance can be upheld.”

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PERPUSTAKAAN bergerak sangat popular di Taiwan. Kini, budaya positif tersebut diperkenalkan di Malaysia kepada orang ramai.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) dan Persatuan Kebudayaan Han menganjurkan Projek Perpustakaan Bergerak Ba-Ku (Baca Buku) Bersama sempena sambutan Kuala Lumpur Ibu Kota Dunia 2020 dan Dekad Membaca Kebangsaan.

Memetik laporan media tempatan, wakil TECO di Malaysia Anne Hung berkata, objektif penganjuran projek ini adalah untuk memperkenalkan buku-buku Malaysia dan Taiwan kepada pembaca muda di negara ini.

“Kami memilih 135 jenis buku dari Malaysia dan Taiwan untuk memperkenalkan kesusasteraan dan kebudayaan Taiwan kepada murid dan pelajar bersama buku-buku pelbagai bahasa yang diterbitkan di negara ini,” katanya.

Projek Perpustakaan Bergerak Ba-Ku (Baca Buku) Bersama itu dirasmikan Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.

Mengulas lanjut, Anne berkata, sebagai permulaan, projek perpustakaan bergerak itu akan menjelajah 20 sekolah rendah dan menengah terpilih di Semenanjung Malaysia bermula 17 Ogos hingga 4 Sept ini.

“…ia adalah sebagai usaha menyemarakkan budaya membaca di sekolah dan harus dilihat sebagai pembinaan jambatan interaksi dan komunikasi.

“Ekoran pandemik Covid-19, kami turut menganjurkan sesi perkongsian secara dalam talian dengan menjemput panel-panel terpilih untuk berkongsi pengalaman mereka dalam industri buku,” katanya.

Jom Ba-Ku! Membaca itu jambatan ilmu guys!

-sinarplus

BERITA baik buat korang pelajar universiti! Sebelum ini media melaporkan semua pelajar Universiti terpaksa meneruskan sesi pengajaran dan pembelajaran (PdP) secara dalam talian sehingga Disember.

Perkara tersebut diumumkan oleh pihak kerajaan berikutan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) akibat pandemik Covid-19 untuk memastikan pembelajaran pelajar tetap lancar walaupun mereka tidak berada di dalam kelas dan bilik kuliah.

Namun mengambil kira keperluan beberapa kategori pelajar yang perlu pulang ke kampus, lima kategori pelajar sudah memulakan pengajian bermula Mei lalu.

Terkini selaras dengan perkembang Covid-19 yang menunjukkan Malaysia menuju pemulihan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) telah bersetuju bahawa kemasukan sepenuhnya pelajar universiti bermula Oktober ini. Bukan Disember 2020 seperti yang diketahui sebelum ini.

Ini bermakna, pelajar universiti hanya ada masa tiga bulan sahaja lagi untuk membuat persiapan belajar secara berhadapan dengan pensyarah dan bukannya secara dalam talian lagi.

Menurut Menteri Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Noraini Ahmad dalam sidang media petang semalam, bagi memastikan keputusan tersebut dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna, IPT dan para pelajar dipohon untuk membuat persediaan mulai dari sekarang.

Dalam pada itu, empat lagi kategori pelajar akan memulakan pengajian bermula Julai ini iaitu pelajar tempatan di IPTS iaitu sebanyak 30 peratus seperti dipohon oleh Persatuan Kolej dan Universiti Swasta, pelajar tahun satu, dua, tiga dan empat universiti awam dalam bidang pengajian yang memerlukan Latihan klinikal, Latihan amal, praktikal, bengkel, makmal, studio dan Latihan khusus.

Dua lagi ketegori terdiri daripada, pelajar tahun satu, dua, tiga dan empat yang tidak mempunyai akses internet atau persekitaran kondusif dan terakhir pelajar antarabangsa dari kedua-dua universiti awam dan swasta termasuklah pelajar baru.

Jadi, korang dah boleh mula pack-pack barang dan membuat persediaan awal termasuk mencari rumah sewa. Tak ada rumah sewa atau penempatan, korang nak stay mana pula nanti kan?

-sinarplus

Suka nak datang sekolah

July 2, 2020 | Education | No Comments

“GEMBIRA dapat hadir ke sekolah kerana lama dah tak datang, dapat jumpa kawan-kawan dan cikgu. Saya juga dapat belajar dengan cikgu.

“Lagipun tak rasa bimbang kerana cikgu kabo (maklum) peraturan seperti basuh tangan, jaga jarak ketika berjalan dan meja di dalam kelas pun ada jarak.”

Begitu kata murid prasekolah Sekolah Kebangsaan Mengabang Telipot, Kuala Nerus, Nur Intishar Faqihah Asrul Effendy, 6, ketika ditemui sebaik tamat sesi persekolahan, hari ini.

Bapanya Asrul Effendy A Rahman, 43, berkata dia memuji persiapan pihak sekolah dan mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) sebelum membenarkan murid masuk ke dalam kelas.

Menurutnya, pihak sekolah juga sudah memanggil ibu bapa untuk diberi penerangan sebelum sekolah dibuka semula sekali gus memberi kefahaman jelas sehingga anak mereka juga gembira untuk ke sekolah.

“Anak saya begitu teruja nak datang ke sekolah dengan persiapan dua hari sebelum prasekolah dibuka termasuk bangun awal pagi tadi.

“Lagipun dengan SOP yang diuruskan pihak sekolah yang diketuai guru besar, Ahmad Zulhaidi Alias, saya tidak begitu bimbang untuk hantar anak ke sekolah,” katanya.

Murid lain Aliya Dayani Sanusi, 6, berkata dia juga gembira dapat hadir ke sekolah selepas tiga bulan sepanjang Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP).

“Rasa ‘best’ kembali ke sekolah, dapat jumpa kawan-kawan dan cikgu serta dapat belajar.

“Pada mulanya ada juga rasa bimbang nak datang sekolah, tapi bila lihat kawan dan ikut peraturan yang cikgu beritahu menyebabkan rasa bimbang hilang,” katanya.

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KUALA LUMPUR: With government and private kindergartens, pre-schools, nurseries and day-care centres scheduled to resume operations on Wednesday (July 1), parents must surely be busy making the final arrangements to send their little ones there after a three-month hiatus following the imposition of the Movement Control Order.

For sure, there will be some parents who are still unsure about sending their children to these places as the nation has not yet been declared free of Covid-19.

So it is the management of these places who play an important role in ensuring that they are prepared with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government to ensure the safety of the little ones.

Attention must be given to social distancing and the cleanliness of the premises must be maintained as the children are excited and eager to be with their friends.

Besides pre-schools, kindergartens and nurseries, various other sectors have also been allowed to resume operations including spas, wellness and foot massage centres, cinemas, theatres and ‘live’ event venues, while meetings, conferences, seminars, courses or training sessions can now be held.

The government has also allowed from the same date social events like weddings, engagement parties, anniversary and birthday celebrations as well as religious gatherings to be held.

Swimming in public, hotel, condominium, gated community and private pools have also been allowed.

Today is the 20th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which came into effect on June 10. The rules are slowly being relaxed, but the people must remember not to be complacent as the country is still battling Covid-19.

As Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah constantly reminds in his press conferences, the public must continue to observe the SOP including maintaining social distancing, washing their hands, wearing masks and avoiding close interactions.

As of yesterday, the number of Covid-19 infection cases in the country remain at double digits with 18 reported positive cases bringing the cumulative number to 8,634 including 195 active cases.

No deaths due to the virus were reported yesterday and the death toll remains at 121 or 1.40 % of total number of cases. 

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At long last, it will seem that parents who have been wondering when they can send their children back to school will no longer have to wait for much longer! It has been announced by the Ministry of Education that guidelines set for the reopening of schools across the nation will be distributed to respective school authorities by tomorrow.

The guidelines, which have been discussed and finalized between the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the National Security Council, will provide the details on how school authorities may enforce the necessary measures to ensure the safety of students in school compounds.

“We released these guidelines to observe what kind of measures need to be done in the context of reopening schools and the mandatory preparations that need to be made by school authorities to ensure all schools will be ready when the date of reopening is declared.

“The Ministry of Education is also in talks with school authorities to see if any changes can be made to the guidelines.

What is most important is that everyone plays a part, whether it be school authorities, teachers, and parents, to ensure the safety of students.” said Minister of Education Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin.

In speaking with BERNAMA, State and Regional Education Offices will also be working together with schools to ensure that all guidelines are adhered to properly, should schools reopen. At this point in time, there is no formal announcement on the official dates of schools reopening.

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Twins are known to be super competitive with each other at times. Twins take the sibling rivalry a notch higher because they are often compared to each other and expected to be better than their counterparts.  However, this pair of twins used healthy competition as a motivator to help each other excel in their academics.

To everyone’s astonishment, a pair of identical twins, Tan Xing Hong and Xing Han managed to score identical results for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). According to an article published by The Star, they successfully achieved a perfect cumulative grade point average (CGPA) score of 4.00 in their exams. Their alma mater SMJK Jit Sin has the highest number of candidates in Penang and it is also home to highest number of students achieving that perfect 4.0

Despite being in different classes, it certainly did not stop them from doing their twin magic. Healthy competition for this pair is when they study together and are willing to share new information and knowledge with each other. When asked what was the secret to their perfect score, Xing Hong had a very simple answer.

“We usually attend tuition classes together and do our revision after dinner. After school, we will study from 3pm to 7pm before we have our dinner,” said Xing Hong. However, they also added that they don’t study all the time. To strive for balance, the twins play sports and computer games in their free time. 

The twins also shared a few tips that helped perfect their recipe for success. The twins would always approach their teachers or seek solutions online when they are met with academic questions that they couldn’t figure out. However, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine for this duo. 

“We were stressed out when we started Form Six,” said Xing Hong. The brothers mutually agreed that it took them a while to gain their bearings in Form Six, especially during their first semester. Upon seeing the fruits of their labour, the duo were motivated to go the extra mile. This pair of aspiring engineers are hoping to further their studies in a public university. 

According to State Education Department deputy director of student development sector Zahari Zakariah, Penang has experienced an increase in the number of candidates that scored a CGPA of 4.00 which is 60 students. It’s higher compared to last year’s 41 candidates. 

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The fact that more local than foreign students populate international schools in Malaysia is not news.

Since enrollment into international schools was opened to local students back in 2006, reports state there are 44,575 Malaysians compared to 25,220 foreigners to date in 163 international schools here.

But as the number continues to rise, local academics and education experts worry this may lead to an “identity crisis” among local students ― that not being educated in a national school may lead to them feeling (and being) less Malaysian.

A member of the National Education Advisory Council Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said there is nothing to worry about as the percentage of Malaysian students in international schools only make up less than five per cent of the total number of Malaysian students nationwide.

Independent senior researcher and education consultant Tan Ai Mei feels nation-building efforts are not predicated merely on enrolment in national schools.

“What it means to be Malaysian is the sense of belonging to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country.

“This is not reflected in most national schools due to the overwhelming percentage of a single race ― Malays ― in most of them,” she added.

On the other hand, Tan said, while international schools do teach Bahasa Malaysia to Malaysian students, the syllabus merely scratches the surface.

“Perhaps the government could sit down with international schools to improve the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus.

“This is important as these are the future leaders of the country. To lead the country, they need to be conversant in Bahasa Malaysia apart from English and Mandarin,” she said. 

While acknowledging that national school standards are trailing behind that at international schools, Noor Azimah who is also Parents Action Group for Education (Page) chairman, said all is not lost.

“I sent my children to national schools. They turned out fine. Some parents are spoilt but if they have the means, it’s up to them,” she said when contacted by Malay Mail.

That said, Noor Azimah suggested that the government look into how it can improve and raise the standards of national schools to gain public confidence.

From her observations on the ground, Tan also said that education in the country has been politicised too much.

She feels that national schools end up becoming “more like religious schools” because of the hours allocated to religious classes.

“I have spoken to some of the teachers and also religious non-governmental organisations, telling them that a school is not where you spread ideology or religious teachings.

“School is where children are groomed to be leaders of the country through education,” she added.

Meanwhile Fairview International School director of corporate affairs Jonson Chong viewed allegations by local academic and education experts that international schools are only interested in profits as unfair.

Through meeting with parents, Chong found they are concerned about the learning experiences their children are going through in national schools. 

“If the government wants Malaysians to be more patriotic, then show that there is a lot for us to be proud of, and we are accepted like Malaysians,” said Chong. 

Conversations with several parents whose children are in international schools show that the main reason for enrolling their children in these schools is to ensure a smooth transition into university later.

Cheah Seng Chye said the Education Ministry’s decision to abolish the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) definitely influenced parents’ decision to send their children to international schools.

Cheah said he made the decision to send his daughter to an international school after his son’s rough transition into university.

Cheah’s son had completed his secondary school education in a national school, and later was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies in Singapore.

“But when he went down to Singapore, he realised that the standard was totally different… for the first semester he was struggling. He didn’t do very well to the point that the school called us to have a chat.”

He added that going to an international school will not make a person less Malaysian.

Another parent Malay Mail spoke to also sent her daughter to an international school for the same reason.

“We wanted to be sure that our daughter was able to master both Maths and Science, apart from English as they were equally important,” said Sofea Ahmad.

Sofea said this does not make her child less Malaysian as they converse in both Bahasa Malaysia and English at home.

 “She will not become less Malaysian, I can assure you of that. She knows the value of being a Malaysian and what it’s all about.

“My husband and I constantly teach her the values of being a Malaysian, Malaysian historical figures and we visit historical sites around the country,” she said.

Instead, she expressed concern about her daughter missing out academically if she had opted to send her to a national school.

Celina Tong also took her children out of national schools when the PPSMI policy was abolished.

She added that, if anything, students in international schools are not subjected to the idea of “separation.”

“Unlike at national schools where we were always separated for Islamic religious classes and Moral classes, everyone is taught the same subjects at international schools.

“In fact, they learn about integration at a young age ― getting to know about other countries so they don’t get a culture shock when they leave school,” she added.

At the time of writing, Malay Mail’s attempts to reach out to the Education Ministry have not been successful.

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