Thursday December 4, 2008 (The Star)
Don’t forget teachers at school for deaf
After all, she said, teachers teaching special classes in normal schools were given additional allowance.
“Our teachers have acquired the additional skills needed to teach hearing-impaired children,” she said during the presentation of prizes to the school’s hearing-impaired children in conjunction with the World Children’s Day Celebration recently.
Sa’adiah also appealed to the management of the building which housed the school, to provide space to hold physical education and sports activities for the children.
Special guest at the celebration was MCA central committee member and former Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok.
Loh, in his speech, said it was time that the nation’s education system was reviewed to gear children towards critical thinking and creativity.
“In today’s world, which is getting more complex and competitive, we have to ensure that our children are instilled not only with proper values of gratitude and appreciation for one another, but also the courage to dare to dream and aim for the higher plane.
“We have to let our children dream. We have to let them know that there can be miracles when they believe,” Loh said, adding that it was when they dared to dream and aim higher that the future of our nation and world would be brighter.
However, Loh reminded parents that families were still the pillar in every child’s life, and without families, children would be left without direction in life, causing the society to break down.
In this respect, the Women, Family and Social Development Ministry plays a very important part in cultivating family values in society to ensure that the divorce rate and number of children born out of wedlock are contained, to minimise untoward social problems and thus create a more stable and healthy society.