A GROUP of mothers whose children are studying at SJK(C) Kuen Cheng 2, have been working with the school to guide weaker pupils to learn the basic skills of Bahasa Malaysia and English.
Known as the “ibu penyayang programme” (or loving mother programme), headmistress Yap Bee Lai said it is the main thrust towards achieving zero illiteracy among the school’s pupils.
Working together under the Literacy and Numeracy screening programme (Linus) and in support of the National Education Blueprint, Yap stressed it is the school’s role to ensure all pupils do not have learning issues and are able to master basic literacy and numeracy in the first stage of their schooling.
Linus was launched in 2010, with the aim of ensuring pupils mastered the three R’s — reading, writing and arithmetic — after three years of primary schooling. It is a remedial programme that focuses on early intervention for pupils in Years One to Three.
“Under Bahasa Malaysia Literacy, Year Three pupils achieved 98.78% while Year Two pupils obtained 98.10% and Year One pupils got 95.51%.
“Similarly for English Literacy English, pupils showed very good improvements with Year One pupils achieving 96.63%; Year Two 100% and Year Three getting 98.78% in the second assessment,” she said.
Linus programme coordinator Tai Jia Ying said when pupils enter Year One, they undergo an intervention assessment to determine their Bahasa Malaysia and English literacy and numeracy levels.
SJK(C) Kuen Cheng 2 achieved outstanding results in Linus because in 2012, it’s recently retired deputy headmistress Cheng Lee Eng proposed the setting up of the Linus programme at the school, which Tai has headed since the beginning.
Cheng also enlisted the assistance of volunteer parents to tutor pupils who did not pass the Linus assessment. The parent-tutor group has since evolved to become the “loving mother programme”.
The success of the programme is attributed to having parent-coordinator Michelle Lee, who recruits and organises scheduling between parent-tutors and pupils with Tai.
The parent-tutors use games to help different learners learn phonics as well as rewards to encourage participation. They also document the children’s progress.
Lee said there were 17 children in the programme this year, with 15 children completing the English and/or Bahasa Malaysia Linus.
“The Linus children are getting their prizes based on their efforts. The improved reward system takes into account their participation, manner and progress.
“The children chose their rewards based on the points collected and the gifts were all donated by parent-tutors who gave toys like Lego sets, doll, purses, stationery and arts and craft items,” said Lee.
Dressed smartly in a red bowtie with white shirt tucked neatly into his jeans, Chen Jia Yuan went up on stage to read out his thank you message in Bahasa Malaysia to all parent-tutors at the recent Linus 2.0 prize giving ceremony at SJK(C) Kuen Cheng 2.
Jia Yuan was the overall winner of Bahasa Malaysia Linus while Gan Damien took the top prize for English Linus.
KL Federal Territory Education Department principal assistant director (English Language) Noorhana Hashim who was the guest of honour, called out the name of each Linus pupil and praised him or her for the achievements in the Linus programme. She encouraged them to continue to work hard and be a star!
“We recognise that SJK(C) Kuen Cheng 2 has developed a good work culture and effective collaboration with us at the Education Ministry together with teachers and parents,” she said.