PM up­beat over smart learn­ing

PAK-21 classes will stim­u­late stu­dents’ in­ter­ests, says Na­jib

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak vis­ited SMK Putrajaya Presint 8(1) to ob­serve the 21st cen­tury learn­ing method (PAK21) be­ing im­ple­mented at the school.

He was at­tracted to the use of smart gad­gets in the class­room and found the teach­ing and learn­ing process more in­ter­ac­tive, as well as ca­pa­ble of stim­u­lat­ing the stu­dents’ in­ter­ests and mak­ing the class more ex­cit­ing.

“This method is able to pro­duce a new gen­er­a­tion with more creative and crit­i­cal think­ing skills, in­creased con­fi­dence in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as well as the abil­ity to work as a team.

“Gen­er­ally, there is more pos­i­tive en­ergy in the class com­pared with the old or con­ven­tional way,” he told re­porters dur­ing the visit yes­ter­day.

Na­jib, ac­com­pa­nied by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, was briefed on the use of the smart board while ob­serv­ing how the teach­ers in­ter­acted with stu­dents in the class­room.

The Prime Min­is­ter also con­grat­u­lated the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry for the suc­cess of its trial PAK-21 im­ple­men­ta­tion and ex­pressed hope that the method could be ex­panded.

Mahdzir said he hoped the Prime Min­is­ter would pro­vide an al­lo­ca­tion in Bud­get 2018, to be tabled on Oct 27, for the ren­o­va­tion of pri­mary and sec­ondary school class­rooms into PAK-21 classes.

Cur­rently, he said, schools with PAK-21 classes were funded with the co­op­er­a­tion of the Par­en­tTeacher As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) and alumni as­so­ci­a­tions of the schools con­cerned, and the pri­vate sec­tor.

Ear­lier, Na­jib re­ceived a farewell call from Chi­nese Am­bas­sador in Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang at his of­fice.

At the end of the meet­ing, Na­jib pre­sented Dr Huang with a book, Na­jib Razak 40 years, 40 pictures, as a gift.

Dr Huang, who came to Malaysia in Jan­uary 2014, will leave on Oct 18 to as­sume his du­ties as an elected mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Law Com­mis­sion at the United Na­tions. — Ber­nama

Key to learn­ing: Na­jib (seated, third from right) watch­ing a PAK-21 class be­ing con­ducted at SMK Putrajaya Presint 8(1). — Ber­nama

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