KK Hakka Assn applauded for role in education
Posted on June 17, 2012, Sunday
KOTA KINABALU: The state government recognizes the contribution of the KK Hakka Association in the field of education through the setting up of the Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School and Institut Sinaran.
Both schools have complemented the government’s efforts to make quality education available locally, Community Service and Consumer Affair Minister Datuk Hajah Azizah Mohd Dun said.
“I would like to commend the Hakka Association further by acknowledging that both these schools are private but not commercial in nature as their school fees are kept low so as not to burden parents,” she said at Institut Sinaran’s (IS) graduation ceremony yesterday.
In her speech which was delivered by the ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Janet Chee, Azizah pointed out that what the schools are doing is in line with the government’s efforts to meet the rising cost of living and its aspirations that education is the way forward for Malaysia to become a high-income economy and developed nation by 2020.
“I also want to commend all of you parents for making the wise decision to keep your children here in our beautiful state to pursue their pre-university studies so that they can continue to enjoy the comforts of home and the supervision as well as nurturing by their parents before embarking on their university studies,” she said.
According to Azizah, to ensure that quality is maintained, all educational institutions in Malaysia are closely monitored by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and other legislations such as the Education Act 1996 and Private Higher Educational Institution Act 1966.
She said she is happy to note all programs conducted by Institut Sinaran are fully accredited by MQA and parents have full confidence of its quality and recognition.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Board of Governors of Institut Sinaran and Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, Datuk Yong Kyok Ming in his speech disclosed that 25 years ago, the Tshung Tsin Pre-U Centre was founded by the KK Hakka Association with a clear mission and that was to provide affordable and quality internationally recognized education in order to help the younger generation succeed in life.
Now, renamed Institut Sinaran, in 2002, it has continued to grow and provide more choices in terms of programs to meet the needs of the young people, said Yong who is also KK Hakka Association chairman.
“To continue to be a reputable institution of higher learning and the largest Pre-U centre in Sabah, we will steadfastly pursue our goals of academic excellence and provide the holistic development of our students through participation in a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities as well as effective pastoral care and counselling for students to meet the challenges of present time.
“We will also endeavor at all times to provide a conducive study environment with qualified, experienced and committed academic staff. As part of our continuous staff development, the institute sends staff regularly for training as well as organize in-house training.
“In terms of physical facilities, we have submitted our building plans for a multipurpose block of classrooms and hostels and we hope the construction work will commence soon,” Yong said.
Institut Sinaran’s chief executive officer Lim Khoon Chin in her welcoming address at the graduation of 175 of the institution’s students announced that the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Business Prize and Middlesex University of the United Kingdom have continued to give recognition to the institution’s top achievers in its Diploma of Commerce and A Level Commerce and A Level Science respectively.