13 Sep Celebrating Merdeka and Malaysia Day with schools in the Penang South Islands area
6 SEPTEMBER 2022
Celebrating Merdeka and Malaysia Day with schools in the Penang South Islands area
BAYAN LEPAS – Mention patriotism, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Jalur Gemilang.
To mark the 65th National Day and 59th Malaysia Day this year, three schools in the Penang South Islands (PSI) area received 300 Jalur Gemilang at the Southwest District Education Office.
The schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Batu, Sekolah Kebangsaan Teluk Kumbar and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Bayu.
The initiative was a collaboration between the Southwest District Education Office and Penang Infrastructure Corporation Sdn Bhd (PIC) through Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan (PPSN), which is set up by the Penang State Government as the one-stop outreach and information centre for the PSI project. PPSN is the entity that leads engagements with the local fishermen and other stakeholders on behalf of the state government and PIC.
Southwest District Education officer Shamsul Fairuz Mohd Nor said the event was meaningful for his office and the schools.
He lauded PIC, PPSN, and PSI project delivery partner SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd for their involvement in education through the project’s Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP), which also aims to help fishermen’s children and other B40 local children in the PSI area to improve their studies.
PIC, PPSN, and SRS Consortium are working together with the Southwest District Education Office to implement learning recovery classes for Primary 1 to 3 pupils. Two other programmes are Jaya Didik tuition classes at identified tuition centres for both primary and secondary schoolchildren and a four-day hybrid education programme for Form 5 students by USAINS Holdings at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The programme at USM kicks off this month while the learning recovery classes after regular school hours and tuition classes will begin next month.
Shamsul said he hoped there would be more future collaborations that would benefit other schools in the district.
“Collaborations with the external parties can also bring transformation to the Southwest Education District Office,” he said, adding that he believed PSI would bring significant development and growth to Penang.
PIC head of administration and integrity Farida-Hani M. Yacob said PIC would be playing a role in the education sector starting this year to help local children in south Penang Island improve their academic progress.
” We hope the programmes will run smoothly and both the children and their teachers will benefit from the experience,” she said.
She said the PSI project had presented the State Government with an excellent opportunity to bring programmes that could improve the local fishing community’s socioeconomic situation.
Apart from providing fishermen with benefits like new boats and engines, job and business opportunities, the State Government also wanted to take the opportunity to offer educational support programmes to fishermen’s school-going children so they could do better in school and improve their job marketability in the future.
Also present at the event were the district education deputy officers Mohd Mukhrizam Mohd Mothtar (planning), Dr. Taufek Muhamad (learning), Zaiharyati Ahmada (school management), and Che Mazlan Che Mat (student development); SMK Seri Bayu principal Anuar Ibrahim, SMK Teluk Kumbar principal Sharifah Bahum Abdul Rahim, SK Sungai Batu headmistress Rodzita Md Isa, SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd senior manager Ahmad Fauzi Ali and others.
Shamsul Fairuz (fifth from left) and Farida-Hani (fifth from right) distributed the national flags to
school representatives in the PSI area.
Representatives from the district education office, PIC and SRS waving Jalur Gemilang flags to mark
this year’s Merdeka and Hari Malaysia celebrations.