Life-saving skills a big plus for teachers

Kindergarten teachers posing for a group picture after receiving their certificates at the Penang Hindu Endowment Board hall in Macalister Road.

TWENTY-FOUR Tamil kindergarten teachers received their certificates for attending a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) basic certificate course.

Organised by the Penang Education Council (PEC) and conducted by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Penang, the two-day training programme saw the teachers learning how to assist during an emergency.

PEC manager Fatimah Hassan said the participants underwent a basic certificate module covering theory, practical training, trauma simulation exercise and an examination.

“Each participant is given a certificate which is valid for three years, after which she needs to undergo a training course again to become a qualified first-aider,” she said.

She said this during the certificate presentation ceremony at the Penang Hindu Endowment Board hall in Macalister Road recently.

Fatimah said the training programme for the kindergarten teachers was different from the first aid course for adults.

“As they are dealing with children aged between four and seven, they have to be more careful when providing first aid and CPR.

“We are hoping to conduct another training programme sometime next year for those who could not participate in this event,” she said, adding that there were about 28 Tamil kindergartens in Penang.

Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, who is also PEC chairman, praised the teachers for participating in the course.

“Training programmes like this can save a life.

“I hope the teachers will be able to apply what they have learnt during an emergency,” he said.

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