The Titian Bistari programme was a free tuition programme for children from the underprivileged families in the state aged between 10 and 12. The objective of the programme was to assist students from 24 selected primary schools in Kedah to prepare and achieve excellence in the UPSR examinations.
Chairman of Titian Bistari programme, Yang Amat Mulia Raja Puan Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan Dato' Seri DiRaja Tunku Soraya Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, present to officiate the 2015 UPSR Excellence Motivation programme opening ceremony.
She expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the Kedah JPN and UUM for their undivided cooperation to ensure the success of this programme.
"To produce outstanding students, teachers play a central role in shaping well-balanced individuals, especially in current situation and pursuit of material progress.
"Greater effort must be made by teachers such as to work closely with local communities to develop human capital and further strengthen moral and noble values in achieving a balanced society," she said.
Tunku Soraya further said that human capital was an important component in building a nation and the nation success determined by not only on economics, science, and information and communication technology, but also on how we could build a society that was morally, spiritually and mentally strong and healthy.
She added that education was the single most important element in each individual to compete globally and create intellectual property to the country.
"Schools play a pivotal role in inculcating education awareness amongst the schools denizens and outside society.
"Besides, integrity is too important to ignore as without integrity, it can be disastrous for the industry, society and country," she further explained.
Tunku Soraya further said that there was an urgent need to strengthen Moral Education in Malaysian Education system. Indeed, it was important for values, ethics and spirituality to be part of our education system to ensure and nurture the development of well-rounded individuals.
Meanwhile, Head of the Academic Management Sector, Asmee Tajuddin who representing Director of the State Education Department said these selected students from 24 schools should use this opportunity to rectify their weaknesses or shortcomings and start to focus for the actual examination.
"The annual programme was held with the aim to give the students greater confidence when sitting for the examinations by preparing them mentally and helping them to develop a positive attitude to reduce stress and focus better during examinations.
"The programme has benefited some 3,000 children, especially in Mathematics, English and Science subjects.
"In addition, I hope that this programme will be well-received, not only by students and teachers but also the parents and surrounding communities," he said.
Also present were UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Wira Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak and his wife, Datin Wira Norhayati Nazri; Programme Director, Ammar Dato' Shaikh Mahmood Naim, who is also Member of the YSB Board of Trustees; UUM and YSB officials and also school teachers involved in the programme.
Translated by Nurul Nazifah Mat Noh
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