What parents, teachers think...

“Parents’ economic status and level of education play a vital role in ensuring their children have access to better education in terms of better schools, and the availability of learning materials and support system such as tuition classes.

For parents with low academic status, their children do not perform as well.

They are dependent on the resources available or the support system provided by the local authorities.

Most uneducated parents also do not put great emphasis on education as they themselves struggle to make enough money to meet the basic needs of the family.”

– National Union of Teaching Profession secretary-general Wang Heng Suan

“Parents still need to guide their children to be naturally accepting of the reading culture and explore the types of books available.

Where a parent, no matter how educated, does not encourage reading and the love of books but instead leave it to chance, the child will fail to benefit unless he or she is self-motivated and self-determined.

What should be done is to introduce reading at an early age, read with the child and guide him or her towards books rather than devices.

The exposure to devices at too young an age can cause eye fatigue and distraction to other influences which may be more scintillating than reading.”

– Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim

“From my observation, students with positive traits and who know the importance of education – which was formed by watching how hard their parents slogged to become successful – will push themselves, become hardworking students and eventually excel academically.

They would have inherited these positive attitudes from their parents.

Many of these students also take up reading to increase their knowledge.

A good learning environment can complement the learning process but if this is not available, students should make full use of the local library.

The government should look into refurbishing and improving the facilities at these libraries to cater for the current needs of students, especially those who do not have great learning environments at home.”

Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin

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