SIBU: Ta Ann Holdings Bhd, a timber and oil palm plantation conglomerate in the state, is continuing its sponsorship of The Star’s NiE (Newspaper in Education) programme for 20 schools in the region.
Under the sponsorship, which is the fifth year in its running, the company is sponsoring a total of 10,000 copies of the main paper together with the NiE pullout.
Chief financial officer-cum-company secretary Augustine Siaw said the programme was an important one as students not only could improve on the command of the English language but also got up-to-date and reliable information from the number one English daily in the country.
“In this IT era, information flows very fast in the Internet where not all are reliable as one can easily find ‘Alibaba’ type of information. But The Star gives not only fast but informative and reliable news,” he added.
Siaw hoped students from the participating school would continue to benefit from the programme.
The Star Sarawak assistant circulation manager Kong Hua Ming highlighted that this year the schools not only would recieve the printed version of paper but also the e-paper.
“Each school can submit up to 33 email accounts to receive the e-paper for six months. Each e-paper can be accessed through two gadgets of computer and an adroid phone,” he said.
The sponsorship, Kong said, would run from May 13 to Nov 4 covering a total of 20 issues of The Star and its NiE paper.
The NiE, he said, started 18 years ago and was very popular among students as it was a supplementary resource for them in their study.
Meanwhile, an English teacher of SMK Bukit Lima, Choa Mong Lieng, gave the thumbs-up for the programme as she said it cultivated reading habit among students.
“Students seldom read newspapers as they are too much exposed to IT. So this is a resource for them to read,” she said.
Choa said the topics in the NiE were also school syllabus-based and thus it came handy for the teachers to use it for their teaching.
The co-curriculum teacher-in-charge of SMK Methodist, Lim Sio Ann, said it had been the practice of the school to encourage the students to join in the story-writing contest which was embedded in the programme.
“Students taking part in the contest will be given merit points as part of their co-curriculum activity,” he added.