PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim launched the second edition of the free e-tuition initiative for some 20,000 primary and secondary students in his constituency here and urged them to make full use of the online service to improve their studies.
Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP, said students in all 62 primary and secondary schools in the resort town would have access to the free online portal via www.pdtuition.com.
The programme, designed from Year 1 till Form 5, was one of the pledges Anwar made while campaigning during the Port Dickson by-election last October.
“Please use this free programme as a lot of effort has been put in by people who are truly passionate about improving the academic standing of our students.
“And to the students, please do not wait till the penultimate month before your exams to do your revision,” he said when launching the programme, which was jointly designed by his office and the Port Dickson Council of Headmasters and endorsed by the education authorities.
He first launched the portal during the Port Dickson by-election last October.
Some 1,200 teachers in these schools also benefit as they would be able to use the portal to teach their students.
Anwar said he came up with the free online tuition idea as education had always been close to his heart.
“Education has always been my priority. From my days at the Malay College in Kuala Kangsar and while in Universiti Malaya, I always found time to impart knowledge through classes to students.
“In fact, if not for the circumstances, I would most probably had become a teacher.
“And to be a good teacher, you must have the passion, and only then you will see your students improve.”
Anwar said if teachers did not have the passion for teaching, then it would not be easy for their students to excel.
“So, it is my hope that you too will encourage your students to switch on their computers and use the programme,” he told teachers.
Anwar, who still lectures at the Georgetown University in Washington DC, expressed hope that he would be able to expand the free online tuition programme throughout the state and nationwide.
He also pledged to work harder to get more computers for schools in Port Dickson to enable more students to benefit from the initiative.