SM Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, has replaced conventional classrooms with subject-based classrooms.
Its principal Teh Pang Eng said the subject-based classroom project was initiated by Institute Aminuddin Baki senior lecturer Dr Balasundram during his visit to the school for a staff development programme last November.
“He came to the conclusion that an ideal classroom is to be subject-based after observing the school’s environment and also analysing its enrolment and number of classes.
“Some 133 students will benefit from the project which started last month.
“The arrangement of classrooms is very unique as they allow students to move from one classroom to another. For example, we have a classroom specially for language and literature, there students will find aids and materials on only language and literature.
“We also have classrooms specially for geography, history, science and mathematics, and even for the life sciences,” he said after LCD projectors and printers were handed over to the school on Monday.
Teh added that audiovisual aids such as LCD projectors would be used for listening comprehension to replace visual comprehension as hand signs would not be able to express something that was abstract.
“Therefore, the use of projectors and computers will help in their visual comprehension. The results have been positive since its implementation.
“Students are now more dynamic and prepared, and they are also more attentive during lessons,” he said.
“There are a few success stories especially in South Korea where such a programme had been implemented,” he said.
Teh said all the classrooms would be equipped by April.
Also present, Federation School for the Deaf Ex-Students Association president Chung Kim Cheong said RM15,000 worth of LCD projectors and printers were presented to the secondary and primary schools using money raised from their 60th anniversary celebrations last year.
“Ten LCD projectors and two printers were donated to the secondary school while the primary school received two LCD projectors and one printer.”