This script is especially made for SMA Al-Wosto’s student representative to enter Public Speaking Competition in MASISUPA 2009 (MASISUPA stands for Majlis Sukan dan Ilimiah Sekolah-sekolah Menengah Agama Pahang).
However, it is not yet refined to suit the rules and regulations of the competition… and there is no conclusion yet.
Topic: How to make school fun
Good morning to the chairperson, honorable judges, respected time keeper and the audience.
Assalamualaikum w.r.t w.b.h,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is indeed an honor to be given the chance to stand here in front of you, the audience. My task today, is to show you how to make school fun.
According to ……., a school is a place where students learn a lot of subjects in a day whereas fun means pleasantly entertaining or providing enjoyment. In other words, our topic today will show you the ways to make our presence at school an enjoyable one.
First, boring classroom lessons should be replaced with other teaching strategies like experiential learning or discovery learning that equipped with multimedia experience. Subjects that require observation like science should be given ample time for real observation. Students should not be spoon fed with its theoretical aspect while its fun part, the real experience of observing facts in motion is missing. I mean, where have all the fun go? Certainly planting and watching a tree grows is a lot more engaging than reading facts about it in a book.
Second, make school building and its compound a fun place for students and teachers. Provide activity rooms, students’ centre and cafeteria instead of just a canteen. Build an environment that makes all feel welcome and comfortable. Students would certainly love to come if their school looks like a resort or a theme park and not just dull blocks of building. Imagine spending recess between classes in a students’ centre furnished with sofas, indoor games and computer booths. It’s better than staying home!
Third, reduce the number of students in a class. The ideal number of students should be around 15-20. This has long been the practice in prestigious school overseas and schools in developed countries. Students get better attention from teachers and whatever learning theories in practice would be carried out successfully.
Fourth, teachers should be encouraged to be creative and produce engaging lessons. Of course it is easy for teachers to produce lessons full of facts and information, but to make students realized why they are doing it is another matter. Teachers, who are the beacon of hope for students must give thought provoking lessons that generate students’ desire to learn. A lesson that touches heart would provoke students’ inner selves and instill in them the craving for success.
Fifth, abolish examination and replace it new set of assessment which put more priorities on attitude and co-curricular activities. After all, we are only human who are made not just with flesh and blood, but a biological creature with feelings and faith. It is a known fact that many who are not successful in government examination become successful in life later on, simply because they do what they love to do. And sitting for an examination is not one of it! So, my understanding here is, less examination equal more fun!
Ladies and gentlemen.
Sixth, reduce the number of subjects a student need to take up. This will reduce the weight of their bags. Dear parents and education officers, have you ever tried carrying your son’s or daughter’s bag all the way from your car to the classroom? I can tell you that it is very heavy. I remembered an article in the newspaper stated that heavy school bag would strain student’s back bone and affect their health. Going to school is not much fun when you have to carry a heavy bag all the way from home
In conclusion, ……….
Thank you for listening.
- Lesson: Provide lots of practical subjects, spend less time on lectures
- Examination: Abolish examination, balanced weight age on attitude and co-curricular
- Class: Less number of students in a class, more attention from teachers
- Subjects: Less subjects, lighter loads to be carried
- student : More freedom for students, abolish uniforms
Note: This sample script can also be used as a sample for Paper 1 of SPM examination. Please feel free to alter where necessary.