State lauds school’s bold initiatives to improve learning and health

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2020

(Foreground) Chow being briefed by Yap on the school’s face-scanning machine which records online the attendance of pupils and teachers.

FOUR new initiatives by SJK(C) Mak Mandin in Butterworth have received praise from Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

The first is ‘Program Mata Smart Campus Mobile App SJK(C) Mak Mandin’ which features a face-scanning machine to record online the attendance of pupils and teachers.

The second initiative is the setting up of a high-tech artificial intelligence science laboratory where courses will be held to prepare the younger generation towards Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The school also launched a new agricultural aquatic system that uses an application to monitor pH levels and water flow.

School headmistress Yap Wai Kwan said that in the event of a power disruption, a task force would be notified through the application on a mobile phone.

“This will ensure that the system works properly at all times while allowing pupils to be exposed to new agricultural technologies, ” she said.

The fourth initiative, Yap added, was a nutrition programme.

She said the school was the first to implement the nutrition programme under the supervision of the north Seberang Prai district education office.

“The programme will see the school board of directors ensuring that the pupils follow a high- quality and nutritious menu under the guidance of health officers from the district education office, ” she said at the launch of the initiatives at the school by Chow.

Chow said the four initiatives carried out by the school served as an inspiration to other schools.

He said the initiatives undertaken by the school board of directors, teachers and non- government sponsors were indirectly helping the state government to develop human capital.

Chow added that the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and the setting up of the Penang Skills Development Centre, Penang Science Cafe, Penang Tech Dome, Penang Digital Library and @CAT Penang were among the state’s human capital development programmes.

He said the programmes, which cater to various age groups, helped foster investor confidence in Penang.

Also visiting the school were state assembly speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, state executive councillor Soon Lip Chee, state Education Department (planning and management) deputy director Ismail Mohd Said, north Seberang Prai education department officer Masri Abdullah, school board of directors chairman Eow Seik Fong and Chow’s wife Tan Lean Kee.

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