Fair tour: Kamalanathan (centre) visiting the ASA Overseas Education Specialist booth after the opening ceremony in Relau. Accompanying the deputy minister on his rounds are Yeoh, Kuan and Goh.
GEORGE TOWN: Education is not just about wanting to become a doctor, engineer, lawyer or accountant. It’s much more.
This message has been drummed across by Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan and he could not have chosen a better stage than the The Star Education Fair 2014’s opening to do so.
“We need to tell the children that life is beyond this. We need an exhibition like this to provide search and exploration of education pathways,” he said in his speech before opening the fair at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (formerly known as Pisa) in Relau.
Kamalanathan said the fair was in line with one of the 11 shifts in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
“The Education Fair is what we need to encourage partnership with parents, communities and the private sector to support children’s learning and to deliver a change in our education system.
“I believe everyone here recognises the importance of higher education, helping the young fulfil their potential and enhancing the quality of life.
“I thank The Star for this great initiative. The Star fits in as the perfect role, giving opportunity for children to continue their dream, and that is something not many people can do. We really appreciate it,” he said.
He also touched on The Star Education Fund, which has more than 30 partners offering over 230 scholarships worth close to RM10mil this year. “For the northern region alone, covering Penang and Ipoh, The Star has seven partners offering 58 scholarships worth over RM1mil,” Kamalanathan said.
The Star senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh said the fair had evolved into a significant event in the country.
“As the People’s Paper, we are glad that we have been able to help and guide thousands of students in the country through the years in promoting higher education, nurturing thinking and building a more knowledgeable society. We hope to contribute to a more prosperous and progressive nation in the years to come,” he added.
Also present were The Star deputy group chief editor Leanne Goh and The Star Education Fund and events manager Susanna Kuan.
This year’s one-stop education extravaganza in Penang features over 90 exhibitors comprising Malaysian and foreign institutions.
Major exhibitors include KDU College Penang, INTI International University & Colleges, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, ASA Overseas Education Specialist, Quest International University Perak, SEGi University Group and Sentral College Penang.
The 27th edition of the fair continues today from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.