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Society brings cheer to schools
Published on: Friday, February 10, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A delegation from Sabah Society for the Deaf (SSD) visited SK Pendidikan Khas Tuaran and SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin on Feb 7 and Feb 8, respectively, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Council members distributed 'ang pows' (red packets), KFC, drinks and oranges to the students.

According to SSD President Francis Yong, such activity would be carried out annually during any festive season like Hari Raya, Christmas and Deepavali, among others.

The main objective of the visit was to bring joy and love to the special children as well as to foster good relationship between the Council members of the Society and the Principal and teachers of both schools who provide primary and secondary education to deaf children from all over Sabah.

Francis thanked the principals and the teachers of both schools for their support towards the society all these years, both in academic and co-curricular activities for the benefit of the deaf children.

He also urged the students to study hard and prepare well for their examinations, especially the students who will be sitting for the UPSR and PT3 exams this year.

SK Pendidikan Khas Tuaran currently has 72 deaf students whereby 14 of them sat for the UPSR Examination last year. Seven passed all five subjects.

One of the students scored 2As and 3Bs. As their examination syllabus is the same as that of normal school students, in view of their hearing disability, the results are considered good, according to its Principal Mohd Jaie Lantas.

Mohd Jaie hoped that more community leaders such as the assemblyman and members of the public would visit the school in order to understand the plight of the students.

"I hope more people could visit our school and become aware of what their needs are and to understand better these special students. There are a lot of things that they (public) can assist us for the benefit of these special students," he said.

Meanwhile, Francis announced that Politeknik Kinabalu, is currently providing vocational training to some 30 deaf college students and would be organising a Language Camp cum competition event for the SK Pendidikan Khas Tuaran students on Feb 18, in which SSD would be the co-sponsor.

SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin principal Nuraini Fauziah Derin thanked SSD for its support to the 58 deaf students under its "Pendidikan Khas" section.

She said the society's Council members' annual festive visits are very appropriate and meaningful, especially to foster good rapport among all races.

She urged the SSD to continue providing the necessary assistance and support to the deaf students even after they have completed their school education. - Lorena Binisol

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