YAYASAN Albukhary will be donating over 30,000 tuition books worth RM1mil in its effort to boost education for students who have enrolled in its free tuition programme.
Some 15,000 Form Five students from 311 schools in the country will receive the complimentary tuition books which will help them to master core subjects like Additional Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and English.
On hand to witness the book contribution last Saturday to one of the tuition centres, at the Urban Women's Corps in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, was Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sulaiman Mohamed, the patron of the corps.
The tuition programme for this year, costing RM6mil, was launched late last year by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The programme is the brainchild of Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary who wanted to help students in both rural and urban areas who have no access to tutoring facilities.
“The donation you are witnessing today is the pledge by our founder to help Muslims and non-Muslims alike so that they have a chance to improve their grades and have higher education hopes,” said Yayasan Albukhary's education adviser and former education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Shukor Abdullah, at the book presentation ceremony.
“The foundation is hopeful that the book contribution and consistent coaching by fully qualified tutors will go some way in ensuring that students can study better and earn at least a C6 in the SPM examination,” he added.
The tuition programme by Yayasan Albukhary began last year, involving 11,370 students from 305 schools.
This year, the number of students participating in the tuition programme is 15,000 from 311 schools around the country, including Sabah and Sarawak.
Said Dr Abdul Shukor: “One of the key objectives of this tuition programme runs parallel to Malaysia's aim of churning out more graduates in Science and Mathematics. This is vital to create a good, balanced workforce skilled in science and technology as the country moves into higher industrial gear.
“We see our role in facilitating the national education policy to increase the number of students in the pure science stream to 60%.”
The tuition programme for this year is conducted over 39 weeks or nine months, with 72 hours for each subject. A minimum of 25 students are taught at each class which lasts two hours and is held five times a week – one day for each subject – at the students' respective schools which double as tuition centres.
The programme is approved by the Education Ministry which has selected 1,866 specialist teachers to tutor students at more than 310 centres nationwide.
Yayasan Albukhary also funds and runs the 10.8ha Albukhary Complex in Alor Star which houses an orphanage, old folks home, library, academy, medical centre and budget hotel.
A higher learning institution and training centre for the visually-impaired will be constructed in the next phase.