All play and no studies

  • Education
  • Sunday, 16 Nov 2003

THE post-exam period is always a difficult time for schools. When the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) exams concluded, Form Three students still had four weeks to kill before the year-end school holidays. In order to attract students to school, the Negri Sembilan Education Department directed schools to draw up a diversified list of co-curricular activities. 

Among the activities held in Seremban's SMJK Chan Wa from Oct 13 to 22 were cooking, dancing, basketball, football, gotong-royong, career guidance talks, educational tours to colleges and indoor games such as congkak, scrabble and chess. 

Football captain of Form Three Tekun, Loi Kam Han said: “We appreciate the efforts put in by the teachers to organise interesting activities for us.” 

Basketball captain of Form Three Ehsan, Wong Weng Gieong, said she felt that she was spending her time fruitfully in school instead sitting at home. 

Teacher Ooi Kean Heng said participation was encouraging as “even those who were not playing were involved in umpiring, organising and providing moral support for the competition.” 

Post-PMR programme co-ordinator Lee Kok Weng said the activities were designed to fulfil the different interests of students.  

“Prizes were awarded to winners of all the competitions, in order to attract more participants,’’ he added. – BY S. SOLOMON SAMUEL 

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