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14 april 2009 02:15
Smart Students Required For `Permata Pintar Negara` Programme
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Prime Minister`s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, today launched the "Permata Pintar Negara" programme, which aim is to search, and identify, smart students to be moulded into outstanding intellectuals in future.
She said there were about 140,000 smart students in the country and that 20,000 of them had turned up for screening tests conducted since March 2.
"The students went through three screening tests, which are equivalent to the IQ tests carried out in developed countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom and Australia," she told reporters after launching the programme and presenting brochures on the programme to state education directors in Subang Jaya, near here.
Rosmah, who is the patron of the programme, said the cooperation of the state education directors was needed to identify smart students of between nine and 15 years of age to be sent for screening tests under the programme.
"These students have special needs and are unique physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, the aspects which have to be fulfilled and nurtured in a holistic way," she added.
Rosmah said 300 students who obtained the highest score in the screening test would be selected to participate in a two-week camp to be held in December at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
They would be trained by selected facilitators, comprising professors, skilled teachers, and teachers with masters and doctorates in Mathematics, Science and Creative Writing, she added.
She said the facilitators would be sent to the John Hopkins University in the United States of America to undergo special training for the purpose.
The "Permata Pintar Negara" programme is carried out with the cooperation of UKM and the Centre for Talented Youths, John Hopkins University. Bernama