SUPERHERO, DISNEY MASCOTS CHEER UP STUDENTS ON FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

NURSYABIHA SUKRI

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- The likes of Deadpool, Captain America, and Disney cartoon characters stole the spotlight on the first day of the schooling session in several states.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the total number of students (primary and secondary) who attended the first day of school was estimated to be 4.67 million.

The minister visited SK Setiawangsa here today, much to the delight of nearly 500 Year One pupils there.

Maszlee, who referred to himself as an 'uncle' in his speech, advised students to focus on reading, as well as being diligent and trustworthy in life.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, two individuals dressed in Deadpool and Captain America costumes greeted Year One pupils in front of SK St Paul in Seremban from as early as 6.40 am.

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Headmaster A. Santhanasamy said this was an initiative by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the school's management board to help

Private sector employee Nor Sharifah Abd Kadir, 35, who sent her seven-year-old son to the school, said it was a good initiative by the school to motivate students to begin their schooling session.

"My child is very attached to me, he wants me to be around wherever we go, but with this kind of attraction, he can at least let go of me, without crying and so on. I saw him enjoying just now, and he wasn't nervous when entering his class," she told Bernama here today.

In PAHANG, a clown and Minnie Mouse mascot greeted 164 Year One pupils in SK Kampung Padang, Jalan Sungai Lembing from as early as 7 am.

Their presence not only excited the students, but also helped calm some of them who seemed 'intimidated' with the new schooling environment.

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The man behind the thick clown makeup was policeman, Mohd Anuar Md Akbar, 36, who said he had been performing the 'duty’ for free in the past few years as a small gesture to help cheer up schoolchildren in the area.

"I also have a seven-year-old who begins school today, so I understand the situation the teachers and parents are in on the first day," he said.

In PERLIS, an individual donning a Disney cartoon character from the movie Frozen, greeted Year One pupils in SK Titi Tinggi by walking into the school on the red carpet.

Headmaster Nailmulddin Haron said the exclusive atmosphere, much like a film award ceremony, not only excited the students, but parents as well.

Meanwhile, the Perlis State Education Department director who was present to launch the ceremony said primary enrolment in the state this year increased to 4,536 compared with 3,949 in 2019. The number of new enrolments in Form One here also increased to 3,722 from 3,416 last year.

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In PUTRAJAYA, a total of 185 pupils entering Year One at the SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) were greeted by 12 students from Year Two to Five wearing career-themed outfits, including a lawyer, singer and car racer.

School principal Rohana Abd Manaf said the idea was to motivate new students to go to school and make their first-day experience more enjoyable and fun.

In PENANG, state education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad said 16,224 pupils enrolled in Year One at 271 primary schools in the state today.

Abdul Rashid said SK Pulau Aman saw the lowest enrolment, namely one female pupil.

In PERAK, a total of 31,367 Year One pupils, 36,521 Form One students, and 14,954 pre-schoolers began their sessions at 1,139 schools.

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Perak Education director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said there were a total of 196,703 primary school students and 203,917 secondary school students in the state, with a teaching staff of 35,663.

In MELAKA, some 143,739 primary and secondary school students begin the 2020 school session at 315 schools across the state today.

State Education, Science and Technology, Green Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Noor Effendi Ahmad said of the total, 59,643 were in secondary school and 84,093 in primary school.

In SELANGOR, 94,244 Year One students, 72,629 Form One students and 10,867 transition students began their new schooling sessions at 911 schools across the state.

Selangor Education Department deputy director Muhamad Radzi Abdullah when contacted said the first day of the 2020 schooling session went smoothly without any issues.

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