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International Prize 'Best Enterprise'

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Dato’ Freida Mohd Pilus, Founder and Mentor

Cempaka Schools Malaysia is a group of premier private schools established in 1983. 

Cempaka’s Innovative Firsts:

  • First school to use computers in the main school curriculum, 1983.
  • First school to introduce programming in the main school curriculum, 1983.
  • First school to make swimming compulsory, 1989.
  • First school to develop and incorporate a comprehensive compulsory performing arts programme which is now being replicated by other schools in the country, 2000.

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  • Innovated to elevate co-curricular activities involvement alongside academic achievement via the Cempaka Awards Scheme, 2000. Cempakans have built an especially strong name in swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, netball and Olympic handball. In addition, the CCA programme also includes mountain climbing and scuba diving.
  • First school to introduce professional creative software into the main school curriculum, 2001.
  • First school in South Asia to be accorded the Apple Distinguished School status for innovation in using technology in education by Apple Computer, USA, 2002.

  • Only school to be recognized with three awards for academic and co-curricular awards by the Ministry in education in 2003,
  • the only year that the ministry presented these awards to private schools.
  • ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik Sekolah Rendah, Pendidikan Swasta, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia’.
  • ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik Sekolah Menengah, Pendidikan Swasta, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia’.
  • ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Ko-kurikulum Sekolah Menengah Kementerian Pendidikan’.
  • Only school with a girls’ water polo team.
  • First school in Malaysia with an established synchronized swimming team.
  • First school with a one laptop per student programme in Malaysia.
  • First to start Cempaka Think, a company to promote a thinking nation.