21 drug rehab residents pass all subjects

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-one of the 28 residents at the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) who sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2022 examination passed all their subjects.

The agency said that 13 of those candidates were from the Narcotics Addiction Rehabilitation Centre (Puspen) in Papar, Sabah, and the other eight were from Puspen in Seri Iskandar, Perak.

“All the candidates are currently undergoing the Institutional Treatment and Rehabilitation (RPDI) programme at the centres.

“In terms of educational opportunities for clients, AADK provides a special module called the Client Education Access Programme (PAPK) specifically for those under the age of 18,” the agency said in a statement yesterday.

Through the programme, AADK said all clients who pass the SPM 2022 examination can continue higher studies at institutions such as Mara Skills Institute, Industrial Training Institute, National Youth Skills Institute, GiatMara Malaysia and polytechnics.

AADK added that through PAPK, clients will be taught by teachers appointed through the Malaysia Short-Term Employment Programme Scheme, who have a bachelor’s degree and experience in the field of education, with the assistance of teaching staff from district education offices, Bernama reported.

PAPK was introduced in 2015 to help students who dropped out while undergoing the RPDI programme at Puspen.

“This effort is intended to provide clients with opportunities to advance academically and all of them are registered as private candidates with payment rates based on the core subjects taken.

“The six subjects they take are Bahasa Melayu, English, Science, Mathematics, History, Islamic Studies, and Moral Studies,” said the agency.

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