No homework for pupils. Wholesome all-round education. A school farm where pupils can experience and learn living science. No extra classes or tuition for pupils. Little emphasis on exams. And yet commendable academic results.
Sounds like a school in Finland, whose education system consistently tops global rankings – except it isn’t.
Education Minister Maszlee Malik, known to be an admirer of the Finland education system, need not look so far. He should first check out the Sungai Ara Tamil primary school in Penang to find out how a small school – with just a dozen committed teachers and 130 pupils – can do wonders with limited resources.
Principal Sangga Sinnayah and his teachers have done an amazing job in transforming the school since he took over in 2011. It helps that the head is an educator of his time and place, instilling in his pupils a love for nature and the need to protect the ecology. Full article on Aliran website