Upgrading School Building
Deputy Minister of Education, Hon Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi notify the Ministry of Education has approved an allocation of RM500, 000 for the preparation and repair facilities at three schools in Pulau Tuba. These schools are national schools (SK) chart Strait Nyior, SK Lubuk Chempedak and Secondary School (SMK) Langkawi. He was speaking during a visit to the three schools, the last in August 2012. Hon. Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi said RM150, 000 was allocated to the Strait of SK and SK Bagan Nyior Lubuk Chempedak another RM200, 000 was allocated for SMK Langkawi.
Hon. Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi hope with that provided by the government can upgrade the schools in line with the development of other schools. This is important to ensure that schools in the country has the infrastructure and quality to ensure the perfect learning conditions and environment. He tells, an allocation of the Ministry of Education to ensure the development of human capital continues to be committed for life and death country depends on the education race. No point chasing developed countries failing to produce educated people. (KK16: 18 September 2012 - By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Generation Of Scientists And Professionals
Maahad Tahfiz Sains Darul Aman (MTSD) was the first Maahad tahfiz in Kedah that combined the studies of Science and Quran in an effort to produce a generation of scientists and professionals who mastered academic knowledge, understand the tenets and appreciate the Quran in every aspect of life. A total of 50 students, comprising 25 female and 25 male students, were selected for the 2012 academic session. In addition to attaining 5As in the UPSR examination, they must be able to recite the Quran well and passed the interview conducted by Kedah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEIK). MTSD was fully governed by JHEIK and fully operational at its temporary campus in Jalan Pegawai, Kulim while its permanent campus in Pulau Tuba was expected to be fully completed in 2015.
Various facilities were provided at the temporary campus which included an administrative block, academic block, laboratory block, workshops, library, dining hall, dormitory for girls and boys, praying hall and warden’s house. MTSD’s curriculum was divided into three that is Tahfiz Al-Quran, Religion and Arabic as well as KBSM (Secondary Schools Integrated Curriculum). Meanwhile, its co-curriculum was divided into three as well; sports and games, uniformed groups as well as clubs and associations. MTSD also targeted complete memorisation of 30 chapters of Al-Quran by students during their five years of schooling there. Graduates of MTSD could further their education to local or foreign universities in the fields of religion, tahfiz, medicine, engineering, scientists or other related areas. They could also pursue their studies to Form 6 to sit for the STAM (Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia), STPM (Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia) or Tahfiz Diploma course. (KK15: 29 June 2012 – By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Studies Focusing On Religion And Science
Maahad Tahfiz Sains Darul Aman is a secondary school which combines the learning of science and Quran. The school session for Form 1 students had started in January 2012 in a temporary building located in Kulim. Fifty students who had sat for the UPSR (Primary School Assessment Test) were selected for enrolment in the first session. According to YAB Dato’ Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, Menteri Besar of Kedah, requests from parents for the enrolment of their children at Maahad Tahfiz Sains Darul Aman in Pulau Tuba, Langkawi was very encouraging. Nowadays, the parents were more aware of the importance of religious education in addition to academic for their children. He said that the desire to set up Maahad Tahfiz Sains Darul Aman had stemmed from a dialogue session with the local community. The latter had expressed the desire for the construction of a religious school in Pulau Tuba. After a series of discussions with the related parties, a location was identified whereby the school was constructed on a 12.21 hectare piece of land.
The construction of Maahad Tahfiz Sains Darul Aman entailed a cost of RM15 million and the groundbreaking ceremony was held in February 2012. Its construction was a proof of the state government’s concern and responsibility in providing education which focused on science and religion. The fully re3sidential school would be equipped with 20 classrooms, four science laboratories, prayer hall, resource centre, canteen and quarters for teachers and staff. The project was expected to be completed within three years and it could accommodate 300 students. (KK14: 25 April 2012 – By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Crossing The Straits To Attend School
Sekolah Kebangsaan Lubuk Chempedak is situated in Pulau Tuba which is about 15 nautical miles from Pulau Langkawi. The school has an enrolment of about 100 students who are the children of Kampung Bagan Assam and Kampung Bagan Pauh residents. In the beginning, classes were conducted at the Kampung Lubuk Chempedak surau and it was a branch school of Sekolah Kebangsaan Selat Bagan Nyior which is situated ain Pulau Dayang Bunting. Prior to the completion of Sekolah Kebangsaan Lubuk Chempedak, the village children attended school at SK Bagan Nyior and travel to and fro by boat to Pulau Dayang Bunting by crossing the Straits of Tuba. Their situation changed for the better when a building called Block A was built on a gotong royong basis using materials obtained from old building of SK Padang Matsirat in Pulau Langkawi.
A few years later, the Block B building was constructed which housed the school canteen, science room and classrooms. In the year 2000, another block was built which housed classrooms for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 5, Year 6, science room, living skills room and school office while in the year 2005, a computer room was built accommodating 14 units of computers. Despite being located far from Pulau Langkawi, the school is optimistic of producing students who are excellent in their studies and not only able to pursue their studies locally but also overseas. It hopes to achieve its mission of making the school as one of the best schools in Pulau Langkawi.(KK8: 18 January, 2011)
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Langkawi
Kampung Selat Lubuk Chempedak has almost complete education facilities available from preschool to high school. Villagers will send their children to Tabika Kemas which is not far away from Selat Lubuk Chempedak Village Clinic for preschool education.
With the availability of Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Selat Bagan Nyior and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Langkawi nearby the villages, it guarantees complete academic education while ‘fadhu ain’ classes in Al-Hijrah mosque ensures that the spiritual development of the villagers go hand in hand with academics.