Albukhary Tuition Programme
The Albukhary Tuition Programme is a nationwide free tuition programme to help underachieving Malaysian secondary school students pass their final year high school examination. Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the programme ran from 2001 to 2009. It created a network of 500 tuition centres that benefitted more than 80,000 students from 500 schools across the country.
The programme consisted of English, Mathematics, and Science lessons designed exclusively for poor rural students classified by their teachers as ‘borderline’ or ‘underachievers’ in these compulsory examination subjects. Selected students attended remedial classes daily after school. The tuition programme was a comprehensive one, with students provided revision materials and taught by experienced teachers, who were also required to motivate students and tap their potential to the fullest.
From the start, the programme was an unparalleled success, achieving examination scores well above the national average. It gave students once considered failures the opportunity to realize their potential. Some scored distinctions while credits became the norm. Once facing a somewhat uncertain future, these students increase their chances of finding good jobs. Several became eligible to enter colleges and universities. Most gratifying was the performance of a remote high school in Sarawak, where for the first time in its history, students qualified to enter Form Six, the pre-requisite for tertiary education at public universities.