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PERMATApintar High School Programme To Begin In January | 17/12/2010
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BANGI, Dec 17 2010 (Bernama) -- The PERMATApintar High School Programme created for gifted students in Form Four will begin in January, said the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

She said the programme to be managed by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) PERMATApintar Centre, would offer a curriculum which covered several components, including academic assessment, folio, co-curricular activities and personality development.

"All preparations, including the infrastructure, curriculum and teacher training are almost completed," she said at the closing of the PERMATApintar School Holiday Camp 2010 at UKM, here Friday.

Rosmah, who is also the patron of the National PERMATApintar Programme, said apart from following the mainstream curriculum at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia level, the students would also be offered international curriculum including the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), O-Level, A-Level and Advance Placement course, as well as several first-year courses of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

"The students are also required to learn two foreign languages and, to help develop their personality and become true Malaysian students, they must also take part in co-curricular activities like music, sports, arts, uniformed bodies and associations," she said.

Rosmah said the teachers selected for the programme were those with excellent academic qualifications and were trained to ensure that the syllabus and curriculum delivery would meet the learning needs of the gifted students.

"UKM has also invited several pedagogy experts from the United States and Australia to assist in the training, and the teachers will also receive continuous training on weekends to help them discharge their duties effectively," she said.

From the two screening tests conducted, 350 students were selected to participate in the Special Mathematics and Science Camp on Nov 25-27, which was organised to identify qualified candidates for the PERMATApintar High School Programme.

On the PERMATApintar School Holiday Camp 2010, Rosmah said the number of participants this year had almost doubled that of last year and the test scores were also better.

What was more encouraging, she said, was that 445 students or nearly 75 per cent of the 600 participants were from the rural areas and families earning less than RM1,500 a month.

Rosmah said this year's programme was also participated by foreign students for the first time -- eight from Brunei, India and Singapore.

A total of 13 courses were offered including the newly-introduced courses in Crystal and Polymer, Mathematics and Game Theory, Flight Science, Green Technology and Advanced Robotic.

Rosmah suggested that a fund or foundation be established for the PERMATApintar children and urged the corporate sector to contribute to the fund to provide better facilities for these children.

"It is hoped that the UKM PERMATApintar Centre will become a major learning camp for gifted children in the region which can also be participated by children from the neighbouring countries," she added.

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