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JOHOR BAHRU: RAJA Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, the consort of Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has called on  the corporate sector to do more in making  the school-in-hospital (SDH) programme a success.

Raja Zarith said the "Education for All" Global Monitoring Report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) last year had shown that the private sector had not contributed much to the education sector.

"We would like the private sector to do more and play its part by becoming a smart partner in the programme. They can help provide proper facilities and learning equipment. Volunteers can also play their role in SDH."

Raja Zarith was speaking at the launch of SDH at Sultanah Aminah Hospital on Thursday.

Present were Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, wife of deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, as well as Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi and Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Kamarul Zaman Md Isa.

Raja Zarith said the hospital had an average of 755 patients at the paediatric ward annually and providing education to the children while they recuperated through SDH was essential.

Raja Zarith then witnessed the SDH programme being conducted near the paediatric surgical ward in the east wing of the hospital.

Accompanied by Noorainee, she chatted with the patients.

One of them, Nurul Izzah Mohd Sanusi, 16, from SMK Layang-Layang, Kluang, said she was grateful for the lessons through SDH.

"I have been hospitalised for three months and am receiving chemotheraphy for my lymphoma cancer. Although I am at hospital, I don't want to neglect my studies."

Izzah, who is being cared for by her mother, Sakdiah Raip, 49, said she was happy to learn English and Mathematics.

Another patient, Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, 15, from SMK Kota Tinggi, said he would be sitting for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination this year.

Haikal, who suffers from blood cancer, said he learnt English and Mathematics from 10am till noon, when his condition permitted him.

"There are four to five students during every lesson. SDH will be a great help to prepare for my exam."

Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah (fourth from left) and deputy prime minister's wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman (second from left) chatting with patients (from left) Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, (left) Nurul Izzah Mohd Sanusi, (middle) and Nordina Najihah Roslinor Solihanu, 9, (right), at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor Baru, who are attending the school-in-hospital programme. Pic by Zulkarnain Ahmad Tajuddin


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