Primary School Education
This school had been in existence since my father's time. The site is now occupied by the Sekolah Menengah Syed Sirajuddin, a secondary school, named after the DYMM (High Highness) the Raja of Perlis.
Derma English School was established in Kangar, capital of Perlis, in February 1949 from money donated by the people of Perlis--farmers, artisans, teachers, government servants, and others. The school celebrated its golden jubilee in 1999. It was first the school in Perlis to provid education in the English medium. In those days, as now, one could not go far without an English-medium education. He/she could only become a Malay Primary School teacher. My late sister was one of them, and she went on to study at the Malay Women Training College (MWTC) in Melaka (Malacca).
Most non-Malay pupils joined Derma directly in Standard One at age 6+. They were thus able to finish their schooling one year earlier than most Malay pupils. For us Malays, we had to pass through SMC II before going on to Standard Six (6th grade), and remember, we had already spent four years in the Malay school. So, what to do? Seven years of primary school for us! But, still, better seven than none!
Last updated: 10 February 2001 by Fairy Mahdzan