MALACCA: A total of 50 boys from the Henry Gurney School were among the 514 graduates of Kolej Yayasan Melaka at a convocation ceremony held at the college yesterday.
This group, which is the college’s first batch of trainees from the school, received their vocational certificates, together with the other graduates, from Deputy Home Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin after completing vocational courses in welding and tailoring.
(Located in Teluk Mas here, the school is a centre for juvenile delinquents.)
The college has been in partnership with the centre since February last year. It sends instructors to teach the boys at the centre and the boys receive certificates from the college upon completing their courses.
Salaries for the instructors and the cost of raw materials are covered by the college while the boys take the courses for free.
Nine of the boys in the first batch trained have left the centre and started work. Currently there are another 50 taking courses offered at the centre by the college.
The college’s chief executive officer Dr Hamzaid Yahya said it regarded the partnership with the school as a charity project to help the boys.
Students in vocational courses, he added, could earn between RM1,500 and RM2,000 once they started working.
“It does not matter if people know that we work with the school. The boys’ skills will speak for themselves.
“Our main purpose is to help them through the vocational courses,” Dr Hamzaid said.
In his speech, Zainal reminded the graduates that learning was a lifelong process and that they should continue to pursue their education.
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