PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry will expand the concept of a caring school by implementing the ‘Ziarah Cakna’ (Home Visit) Programme nationwide, starting Sunday.
Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said the programme, to run throughout the year, would see school representatives visiting students’ homes to meet parents or guardians and share with them the students’ progress while understanding their family background.
“Teachers are more aware of their students’ behavior, family situation and the assistance that they may need. This information is very important to help develop and boost a student’s confidence in learning and achieving good results,” he told reporters.
Unlike the previous visits to students’ homes, Amin said under this programme teachers would also be visiting the homes of students who have done well to honour and get to know the parents.
“Basically the programme is to strengthen ties and understand the background of those who have learning problems and help them overcome the difficulties,” he said.
Asked whether the ministry would set key performance indicators (KPIs) for the schools, Amin said although this was considered a core programme it was up to the schools to choose and visit as many houses as they wanted.
“It is hoped that this programme will be beneficial to the overall development of the students and the visits be part of the school’s culture,” he said.
Amin said the national-level ‘Ziarah Cakna’ programme would be launched by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik in Kluang on Jan 28.
He added that the programme would be launched in Langkawi, Kedah; Pasir Mas, Kelantan; and Kulai, Johor on Jan 27 and in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Kuching, Sarawak and Hulu Langat, Selangor on Jan 28. – Bernama