|Friday, 29 June 2012 17:18|
KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s initiative in distributing free tuition for 10,000 primary and secondary students in the Selangor region has gotten a positive response from the public.
The public has mutually agreed that the 1Malaysia People’s Tuition Program (iTR1M) should be implemented in other states as well since it would benefit the public greatly, specifically students from low income families.
47-year-old assistant professor, Dr. Selvarajah Tharmalingam told Malaysian Digest that “if it is possible (for the government) to implement iTR1M in Selangor, then it would be possible to implement it nationwide as well.
“Datuk Seri Najib Razak is taking the right step as not many people can afford the cost of private tuition,” he added.
Two other fellow Selangor residents had also acknowledged the initiative taken by the Prime Minister.
However, farmer Gary Low, 43 (pic), said that he was not aware on the launch of iTR1M or of its details.
Minimum blowout on the matter might have given the impression to certain people that the government should channel the money to schools instead of focusing on tuitions, as stated by broadcast sales executive, Emi Hasniza, 29.
“They (the government) should spend the money to improve the education system so that students don’t have to attend tuitions,” she said.
Dr. Selvarajah concurred and said, “Schools have night classes and additional classes arranged by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of respective schools. We shouldn’t encourage students to go to tuitions and be dependent on it.”
While parents’ concern on the education system is evident, the government has already taken the steps to revamp the education system and perhaps iTR1M is one way of doing it, focusing on low income families and students sitting for public examinations.
Nevertheless, people of Selangor feel that iTR1M is a good action taken by the government in helping poor students in Selangor and that it should be implemented countrywide.
The program, implemented by the Malaysian Teachers Foundation Berhad (YGBM), was launched by Najib yesterday at Seri Perdana.
An allocation of RM2 Million fund has been approved to give free tuition to 10,000 students in Selangor.
The pioneer project, implemented, is to benefit students from low income families who could not afford private tuition fees but will be sitting for the UPSR, PMR and SOM examinations this year.
The program had started on June 18 and is to end in October, was implemented in 107 schools, inclusive of 30 secondary schools and 77 primary schools in Selangor.
Tuition in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science will be given every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 350 teachers from the schools will are appointed in the program.
The aim of the program is to give free assistance outside of school hours for children of low income earners from the different communities.