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Funding for Perak Schools


Almost RM1.5 million was disbursed to 232 schools in Perak; 111 Chinese and 85 Tamil primary schools, 19 mission schools and 17 national-type secondary schools. The monies were the state’s allocation to these schools to subsidise their utility bills and miscellaneous expenses for the first half of 2013. The amount allotted per school is contingent upon its enrolment.

SMJK Sam TetDuring a cheque-presentation ceremony held at SMJK Sam Tet Ipoh recently, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir acknowledged that the financial aid might not be sufficient but would lessen the schools’ burden. The Perak State government has been funding these non-government-aided schools since 2010, and is the only state government in Malaysia to subsidise the expenses of schools. Since 2009, RM176 million had been spent on education through various programmes.

Besides the pursuit of academics, the state government also lauds students who excel in co-curricular activities. As such, the state will fully bear the expenses of 14-year-old piano prodigy, Joshua Ng Jin Ho, who has been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York this May. The trip is estimated to cost RM18,000.

The SMJK Sam Tet Form 2 student, who scored straight As in his UPSR examination, has so far won eight championship titles from piano competitions around the world, including the Hong Kong Asia Pacific Piano Competition, the Australia-New Zealand Cultural Arts Music Competition and the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation Music Competition.

SMJK Sam TetNg took the opportunity to perform two concert études by Franz Liszt, Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs) and Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) to an applauding audience. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Zambry, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in music.

Addressing the media later, Zambry disclosed that the Perak state government, through Menteri Besar Incorporated is planning to build education hubs throughout the state. After Kampar and Tanjung Malim, the third area identified is Seri Iskandar. With more than a thousand acres of land, the hub, focusing on education at tertiary level, will take between 10 to 15 years to develop.


Drama Workshop


Several schools in Ipoh have the privilege of having teachers from Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) and The Actor’s Studio conduct drama workshops in their schools. The team, consisting of Christopher Ling, Mark Beau de Silva, Lex, Kimmy Kiew, Kelvin Wong and Qahar Aqilah, comes on a fortnightly basis.

The aim of the workshops is to enhance and help hone the students’ drama and theatre skills. This in turn helps them holistically in their learning process. To inject fun into learning, games are utilised. The students are trained not only in drama but dancing and singing techniques, as well.

SMK Methodist, SMK Methodist (P), SMK St Michael, SMJK Sam Tet, SMJK Perempuan Perak and even Daybreak have benefitted from the team’s efforts. “It helps me to be more confident on stage,” said Shaun Pandian, 15, of SMK Methodist.

The workshops are intended to go on for a year, but KLPac and The Actor’s Studio hope it will be an ongoing affair.

When Mark Beau de Silva sees young people getting involved and interested in performing arts, he feels that there is a need for continuity. “Just as we’ve learned from others, we hope to pass it on to the younger generation.”