TEMERLOH: A parliamentarian here took the lead in motivating secondary school students to excel in their studies by giving a talk and sharing his personal experiences.
Temerloh MP Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah was the first speaker in a programme of academic talks organised by his parliamentary service centre with the co-operation of the district education office.
Saifuddin took about two hours to present the talk on general studies at SM Abu Bakar near here before posing for photographs with them.
He said the programme prioritised education as part of his mission to ensure Temerloh stood out among the districts in the state.
“The programme involves all levels from Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah, Penilaian Menengah Rendah, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM).
“However, the STPM level will have university lecturers as speakers,” he said.
He said that several authors would be invited to give talks to Form Six students at five schools here.
Saifuddin, who is also Deputy Higher Education Minister, said that students who had completed the SPM and their parents should not assume that Form Six was a second-class option.
Such perceptions must be corrected as Form Six was of the same standard as matriculation or pre-university studies, he said.
Matriculation students were not guaranteed places in private universities if they performed badly and failed to meet the criteria, he pointed out.
Also present during Saifuddin’s talk was district education officer Nadzri Abdul Wahab.