Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NATIONAL SERVICE - Get the Parents Involved

That ill-conceived scheme and even more poorly implemented program has resulted in a few deaths, some by negligence and others by neglect, and it is only right that more groups be involved in a comprehensive review.

It should not be left to one ministry to fine-tune the program as indicated by this malaysiakini article:
"NS defaulters may get off easy"

I wonder what really prompted this change of heart - too many VVIP's children refusing to be enrolled?
Any review should involve the Ministry of National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage and also Education.
In fact costs for the NS can be reduced if uniformed groups in secondary schools are considered part of the NS program. For example one year of service in such a group can be considered as equivalent to one month of NS training.

I believe that ALL youths will benefit if they attend a one-month NS program similar to the OBS scheme.

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