TEN schools have been chosen by the Education Ministry to participate in the e-MS (English in Mathematics and Science) programme which begins this month.
The programme is conducted by PTPL College in line with the Government's effort to promote the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English.
“This is a positive collaboration between the Government and the private sector. We encourage more private bodies to do the same to help achieve our country's vision in education,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin at the recent launch of the programme at the state level for Selangor.
Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad launched the programme at the national level at PTPL College's main campus in Shah Alam on Feb 10.
“The e-MS programme is a continuation of the Hope (High Optimum Performance in Education) programme started in 2002, which only catered to Form Five students,” said college president Prof Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul Yajid.
He added that the decision to expand the programme to include Form One and Lower Six students was inspired by the success of the Hope programme.
As part of the college's community service programme, the e-MS programme is themed Relationship Building, to foster ties between schools and their community.
Schools chosen are those located close to the college's branch in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. They include SMK Taman Maluri, SMK Setiawangsa, SMK Aminuddin Baki, and SMK St Gabriel.
“We are only short-listing a few schools for the launch. The number will increase in time to come,” said Federal Territory education director Yaacob Wan Ibrahim who is responsible for selecting the schools.
A total of 100 schools are expected to participate in the programme after its launch at all nine PTPL branches in the country, including those in Sungai Petani, Kajang, Seremban, Kota Baru, Sabah, and Sarawak.
Offered free-of-charge, the e-MS materials supplement those produced by the ministry.
“The software produced by the ministry will still remain the core material. Ours is just to assist in strengthening the students' knowledge,” said Prof Mohd Shukri, adding that the academic content is fully supported by Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Pengurusan Malaysia and PTPL.
Under the programme, students will use facilities available at the college every Friday and Saturday at allotted times. Lecturers will be at hand to help them make optimal use of the courseware.
Said Yaacob: “It is not compulsory for the students, but they are encouraged to make use of this opportunity to improve their English skills. We are aware that their parents might have enrolled them in additional classes elsewhere.”
With two students sharing a computer, the six labs equipped with 20 computers at the college can accommodate up to 240 students at a time.
The software is user-friendly and both teachers and students should find the lessons enjoyable, Yaacob added.
Prof Mohd Shukri said: “Teachers will remain as a guide, not the central figure. Students will then develop a sense of independence in using the software.”
He added that after three months, the success of the programme will be evaluated. “On the whole, we have received very good response from students who are eager to start the programme.”