Am­biance con­ducive to learn­ing

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter en­cour­ages ru­ral stu­dents to be­come board­ers, says en­vi­ron­ment much more ben­e­fi­cial to their stud­ies

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Yunus Yus­sop re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

BETONG: Ru­ral par­ents should con­tinue with the prac­tice of get­ting their chil­dren to study in school as board­ers.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas said by be­com­ing board­ers, stu­dents would stand to gain a lot more ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges.

“The main ben­e­fit is the more con­ducive study­ing at­mos­phere es­pe­cially in the evening. If chil­dren are to stay at their long­houses, there will be just too many dis­trac­tions,” said Ug­gah when of­fi­ci­at­ing at the an­nual din­ner of SK Nanga Gayau in De­bak on Satur­day.

He added that as board­ers, stu­dents would be taught dis­ci­pline and proper time man­age­ment.

“There will be time for them to study, rest and take part in school ac­tiv­i­ties. There will be teach­ers to give them ex­tra classes for them to im­prove their un­der­stand­ing in sub­jects that they are weak in,” he said.

Ug­gah said be­sides the ex­tra classes, the board­ers would also have ac­cess to the school’s li­brary and com­puter lab­o­ra­tory, plus the daily meals would be pro­vided by the school. Based on his ob­ser­va­tions, he said many stu­dents now tend to stay at their long­houses rather than be­com­ing board­ers.

He at­trib­uted this pref­er­ence to

The main ben­e­fit is the more con­ducive study­ing at­mos­phere es­pe­cially in the evening. If chil­dren are to stay at their long­houses, there will be just too many dis­trac­tions.

Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter

the fact that many ru­ral fam­i­lies now have their own ve­hi­cles to send and fetch their chil­dren from school ev­ery day.

On an­other note, he also ad­vised par­ents to reg­u­larly check the per­for­mance of their chil­dren with their teach­ers.

“This is a cru­cial part of the ed­u­ca­tion process. Par­ents must be in the know of their chil­dren’s progress. They can then ad­vise their chil­dren if they are not se­ri­ous in their stud­ies,” he added.

Touch­ing on this year’s Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah ( UPSR), Ug­gah as­sured all that more cour­ses and work­shops would be held to make the pupils bet­ter pre­pared for the pri­mary school-level ex­am­i­na­tion.

BINTULU: Those ap­pointed to sev­eral im­por­tant posts in Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party ( PDP) dur­ing the party’s tri­en­nial gen­eral assem­bly (TGA) in Bintulu on Satur­day have been re­minded to put the party’s in­ter­est above all else.

“Dur­ing the TGA, we have made some ap­point­ments on sev­eral im­por­tant posts – to the deputy pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary gen­eral and supreme coun­cil mem­bers, con­grat­u­la­tions!

“But don’t be too car­ried away, be­cause the ap­point­ment comes with a re­spon­si­bil­ity and heavy task. Don’t just want the po­si­tions in the party but not do­ing the job,” or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man of the TGA, Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil, said when speak­ing at the pres­i­den­tial din­ner on Satur­day.

The As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment also ap­pealed to the ap­pointed supreme coun­cil mem­bers to as­sist the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives in serv­ing the peo­ple.

“Don’t leave it to the YBs (elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives) alone to do the job, you play a part, you play a role. Party mem­bers should also help so that PDP can be re­spected by oth­ers,” he said to over 1,000 del­e­gates at­tend­ing the din­ner.

Pen­guang, who is the party’s vice pres­i­dent, said be­sides the

Don’t leave it to the YBs (elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives) alone to do the job, you play a part, you play a role. Party mem­bers should also help so that PDP can be re­spected by oth­ers.

ap­point­ment of the party lead­er­ship in­clud­ing the grass­roots lead­ers the TGA is a very im­por­tant plat­form for party mem­bers to voice out and bring up is­sues on the ground to be dis­cussed, de­lib­er­ated and de­cided on for the fu­ture of the party.

How­ever, he cau­tioned that mis­step, wrong choice and wrong ac­tion could badly af­fect the party.

“Unity is the ba­sic foun­da­tion for any or­gan­i­sa­tion to be strong, we must unite,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to him, he had spo­ken to party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing on the party’s di­rec­tion in Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and even though PDP is only a small party in the new coali­tion, he be­lieved that GPS is the best plat­form for PDP to get back seats that tra­di­tion­ally be­long to the party.

“In this area, I wish to ap­peal that we must use our good sense of pub­lic re­la­tions, don’t ar­gue openly that we want this and that. We just do our job, and do it well, only then we can ask what are ours,” he cau­tioned.

He agreed with the view by party pres­i­dent dur­ing the TGA that the po­lit­i­cal land­scape and chal­lenges were now dif­fer­ent.

“Pol­i­tics to­day is very com­pli­cated be­cause we are deal­ing with ed­u­cated peo­ple who will voice out what they want.

“It is not what we want ac­tu­ally but what the peo­ple want, our strength is based on party mem­bers and our num­bers at the grass­roots level,” he said, adding that PDP will be work­ing to­gether with other com­po­nent par­ties of GPS to fight for Sarawak’s in­ter­est and rights.

Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment

Tiong (sec­ond right) poses for a we­fie with party mem­bers at­tend­ing the din­ner.

Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil

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