MANY students have come and gone from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim, Perak.
Academician Tan Sri Awang Had Salleh, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Ghafar Baba and novelist Harun Aminurrashid are among former students of the institution, popularly known as UPSI.
| A selection of teaching aids from a Chinese school |
The university is the oldest existing teachers’ training college in the country and was upgraded to university status in 1997.
It was established in 1922 by the then deputy director of Malay schools R. O.
Winstedt and named Sultan Idris Training College (SITC) after Sultan Idris Mursyidul ‘Adzam Shah I, the 28th Sultan of Perak who ruled from 1887 till 1916.
“Those with no inkling of the national education system will get an idea of it by the time they conclude the visit,” says Safna.
Posters, dioramas, miniatures and interactive touch-screen computers provide easily accessible information for all visitors.
Among the exhibits that will attract visitors are the various teaching aids used in the days before the advent of computers and other electronic devices.
“The museum is also a resource centre for those interested in the history of and development of education in Malaysia,” says Safna.
Contributions of various education systems such as the Malay and English mediums, vernacular schools and sekolah pondok (Islamic religious schools) are also highlighted.
The challenge for the museum is to secure artefacts especially from the Fifties and the years prior to that.
Ishak SaatUPSI National Education Museum director Associate Professor Ishak Saat says that the museum aims to preserve Malaysia’s education heritage.
“It hopes to educate people on the need to appreciate the contributions of teachers and educators,” says Ishak, adding that teacher training and education at SITC had contributed to the development of national consciousness in the run-up to independence.
“About 70 to 80 per cent of those who participated in politics during those days were teachers,” he says.
Among them was Malay language linguist Tan Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad (also known as Za’ba), who has a gallery dedicated entirely to him.
His stint in SITC as a translator and teacher led to a writing career and some of his thought-provoking articles goaded Malayans into action during the Colonial era.
Each exhibition room at the education museum focuses on a specific theme from Early Education in Malaysia to Science and Technology in Education.
The main hall, usually empty, is open to other exhibitors for a limited period.
|UPSI National Education Museum curator Safna Asaruddin says visitors will learn about the development of education in Malaysia from pre-independence to the present time.|
| A museum visitor can use touch-screen computers to view quick facts about the museum exhibits |
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Source: The NST Home Learning Curve 2011/09/17