IT PAYS to have studied hard, especially for 41 Tamil vernacular school pupils.
After scoring seven or eight As in UPSR this year, they each received a mountain bike as a reward for their hard work.
The annual initiative was started 12 years ago by Sri Muniswarar Temple in Jalan Baru Prai near Butterworth.
Temple president Datuk N. Gopalakrishnan said the annual programme was meant to motivate the pupils into doing well in their studies.
“Since we started this initiative, the number of Tamil school pupils with this many A’s has increased.
“Before, it used to be 20-odd pupils and now it has almost doubled, which shows that the pupils these days are doing well.
“Our idea of giving them bicycles was something we thought would be a different gesture.
“We also provided past-year exam papers to all Tamil schools in the state to help them prepare the pupils for their UPSR, ” he said at the temple hall in Butterworth recently.
Gopalakrishnan said it cost them over RM24,000 to purchase the bicycles and hold the event.
“We also spend around RM40,000 a year on the past-year questions and other initiatives to help the pupils, ” he said.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran, who was guest of honour, said in Malaysia, education was a ticket to success.
“Parents spend money on schools and then they send their children to tuition classes. It is not cheap but we want to give our children the best.
“The temple stepping in to help as well as give them gifts as encouragement is commended.
“I would encourage people to visit temples in their spare time and if temples offer free WiFi, more children would come here and spend time rather than visiting other places.
“If they are at a temple, parents can monitor their children better, ” he said.
Comm Narenasagaran urged parents to teach their children good values from young.
“Parents should not feel that the moment their children go to school, they can wash their hands off their duties.
“One should also know that academics is not the only way to be successful, there are other talents that they might have which can lead to success.
“Teachers and parents must work together.
“My advice to children is to study, be confident, work hard and be passionate about anything you pursue, ” he said.
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