Champion lion dance group to set up cultural centre

  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 May 2008

WORLD lion dance champion Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association is setting up a centre to promote Chinese culture, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

Association chairman Huang Guo Hua said the cultural centre would be the biggest in the country showcasing information on lion dance.

“It has been our dream to set up such a centre to promote Chinese culture and arts, especially lion and dragon dances.

“Following this, we will draw up a more systematic plan to train potential lion and dragon dancers,” he said.

The centre will be built near the association headquarters in Muar, Johor.

The association, famous for its acrobatic lion-dancing skills on high poles, has been winning world lion dance titles since 1992.

At the ground-breaking ceremony of the centre on Saturday, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan encouraged the young generation to pick up lion-dancing.

He said lion dance was a good way to develop a person’s determination and patience.

Postgraduate Teaching Training course for teachers in Chinese schools

China Press reported that the Education Ministry would start an additional Postgraduate Teaching Training course (Chinese section) in July.

The move is aimed at solving the shortage of teachers in Chinese primary schools.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said 260 candidates, shortlisted from previous application lists, would be enrolled in the one-year course.

He also said the ministry had recruited 3,095 temporary teachers to fill up vacancies in Chinese schools.

On an unrelated issue, Dr Wee said he had directed the Perak Education Department to investigate an allegation that a teacher of a Tamil school had taken 30 days’ medical leave.

The teacher had reportedly only sent SMSes to the school staff saying he would be absent and did not provide medical certificates.

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