Column: Schools Are The First And Best Sites For Human Capital Development

Last update: 12/01/2018

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Schools commenced on Jan 2, 2018, and for some states in Malaysia, Jan 1, 2018. More than 137,000 students entered Standard One.

This means there will be 274,000 more parents who will be busy preparing for their seven-year-old child to be ready physically and psychologically to enter the schooling world, which for some will be totally new and challenging.

A child spends over six years within the arms of his/her mum and dad, maid or at a childcare center; continuously attended to, fed, washed, nursed, cared, loved and tutored by someone known to the child.

Suddenly, a new environment, a new person called teacher, many diverse friends, eat only when you are allowed to during recess, study by sitting down in one place from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm.

This is a new chapter in life. Children who have attended kindergarten would be able to cope a little better, but not the ones who have not. The child will take a week or so to adapt to this situation.....