PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Teaching Profession hopes those who will be selected for the national service programme will be given ample notice, its secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam.
Siva Subramaniam said the students (born in 1986 who will be the first to undergo the programme) should start from now to prepare themselves for the national service training, which would begin in February next year.
They could do this by building up their stamina to be better equipped for the activities in the programme, and by reading to increase their general knowledge, he said.
”Most importantly students should prepare themselves mentally and think positively by taking it as a challenge and a good thing. For many it may be a new experience but they should take it as a national challenge,” he said.
Siva Subramaniam added that everyone should view the programme as a good way of instilling unity among the people starting with the young.
He also expressed concern that the programme might experience budget constraints and said there must be commitment to ensure the programme continued despite obstacles.
On Thursday, Cabinet Committee on National Service Programme chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said 85,000 boys and girls would be the first to attend the training starting on February in three staggered batches at 45 camps.
Najib said the National Registration Department had traced 478,850 boys and girls born in 1986 who were eligible for the programme next year.
Najib also said a dry run would be conducted with a 200 specially selected youths for a trial programme at the Universiti Utara Malaysia campus from Sept 3 to 28.
The dry run, he said, would enable the committee to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the programme before the actual national service.