PUPILS at Sekolah Sri KDU can look forward to more sporting activities as a multi-purpose sports complex taking shape on the grounds of the school is scheduled to be completed in July.
The school's chief executive officer, Felician Teo, said the RM9.75mil complex will be equipped with tennis, basketball and netball facilities as well as a swimming pool.
''By participating in sporting activities, we feel that children will develop commitment and discipline. They are then encouraged to bring that into the classroom and enhance the learning process,'' he says.
Teo says the primary and secondary schoolchildren have numerous sporting activities each week, including football, netball, basketball, floorball, table tennis and self-defence.
''The swimming pool will be open to all children enrolled at the school. They will also be given the opportunity to learn how to swim,'' he adds.
The school, located on a 4.8ha site in Kota Damansara, Selangor, is a subsidiary of Paramount Corporation Bhd and part of the KDU College Education Group.
Teo says there has been good response to the school, with 22 classes for years one to five, and forms one and two. Initially there were plans to open only 18 classes but due to the overwhelming response, extra classes were added.
''We are fully enrolled for this year and have had good response for next year, too. I think parents are drawn by the fact there are 24 students per class and individual attention given to them,'' he adds.
The school requires teachers to monitor the progress of individual students and provide after-school support if they have difficulties in any area or subject.
''This is called tutor time. It provides direct access on a one-to-one basis between the teacher and student. It is not a fixed tuition time. The ultimate objective is to phase out the need for private tuition after school,'' says Teo.
Teo says the rationale is that when difficulties are dealt with early and rectified immediately, there is no need for private tuition.
The school adopts the national school curriculum with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction.
However, it gives students exposure to and mastery of Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese as an integral part of the education process.
Science and Mathematics are taught in English at all levels. The syllabus for both subjects will follow the Malaysian curriculum and incorporate some aspects of what is taught in Singapore and New Zealand.
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