SJK Bintawa uses mother tongue for special students

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Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah cuts the ribbon to officially declare open the SJK Bintawa PPKI while at front row, from left, are SUPP publicity chief Milton Foo, Lo Kok Kiong and Wee Kim Kwang.
Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah (second left) presents the certificate to a student while SJK Bintawa headmaster Wee Kim
Kwang (right) and PTA president Lo Kok Kiong look on.
On arrival at SJK Bintawa, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah shakes hands with the students. PHOTOS: AHMAD ISKANDAR

KUCHING : SJK Bintawa is one of three schools in Sarawak with a special education class in the Chinese stream using the students’ mother tongue language in their studies. There are two other preschools or kindergartens in Sarawak using the mother tongue language in the learning process.

One is in Kota Samarahan which uses the Bidayuh language and another is in Bario which uses the Kelabit language.

“Since the special students are in a disadvantage position, it helps in the learning process when we use their mother tongue,” said Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

“It is important for them to understand first, hence it is better for them to learn using their mother tongue language so that they can understand what we want to tell them. “Thus they will form a more positive attitude towards school,” she added.

Fatimah was at SJK Bintawa here yesterday to present graduation certificates to 79 students. The 79 students comprise 46 Year Six students, 30 Pre-school students and three Special Education Integration Centre (PPKI) students. She stressed that every child’s achievement ought to be celebrated. “We should give recognition to them as they have completed their studies and achieved academic success,” she said.

Meanwhi le, the Mini s ter announced an allocation of RM10,000 for the school’s new PPKI block. The money came from Petronas as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. When asked by reporters on this year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) result, Fatimah said parents will receive four results – the public exam, psychometric test, curriculum and school-based report.

“This four-result system is a good move towards the children’s development in terms of attitude and potential in each area. “If we have the school-based report, we can use it to help the students improve and develop in areas that they are weak at,” she said.

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