| Siti Hajar |
THOUSANDS of schoolchildren across the country are making their way to classes as they continue their educational journey with the hopes that the country’s education system will guide them to be future leaders.
The new school term welcomes fresh faces to secondary schools throughout the nation as Year 7 students – fresh from primary school – are opened up to not just challenges, but also endless possibilities as they are introduced to a wide array of subjects that are best suited to their needs as well as capabilities.
In a series of orientations that took place yesterday, the Berakas Secondary School hosted 230 students with their parents who will play a vital role in the development of their children’s progress according to the school principal, Liew Yong Kiem.
In his congratulatory remarks to the new intake, he stressed that parents should cooperate with the school’s teachers as well as staff in ensuring that their children are able to reap the benefits from their academic years. This includes the completion of schoolwork, homework, projects as well as exams especially leading up to the end of Year 8 for the Student Progress Examination that will determine their placements in Year 9.
“It is hoped that parents as well as guardians will attend Parent-Teacher Meetings, which will take place at the end of every school term,” he said, adding that parents will be notified through their respective children.
As he echoed the sentiments of many other educators in the country, he stressed that discipline at home will be an influential factor in school where a disciplined environment at home will aid in the reduction of unhealthy habits such as escaping from classes, smoking, unwillingness to do homework as well as vandalism of school property.
Under the Ministry of Education’s school attendance directive, the principal also reminded parents and guardians to ensure that their children arrive to school on time and added that attendance below 85 per cent at the end of the academic school year could result in a student being held back from progressing to the next year.
Excuses such as waking up late and traffic congestion, which are among the main reasons for late comers, can be overcome, he urged.
“Parents’ direct involvement in their children’s education is of utmost importance as they need to monitor the progress of their children’s grades and at the same time, work with the teachers on the steps that need to be taken in ensuring that their children can reach their fullest academic potential.”