STUDENTS from six schools can look forward to fun English lessons, thanks to Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo for sponsoring free copies of The Star.
They will receive The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout — Step Up — and stuff@school once a week on different days for the whole year in a sponsorship worth RM5,500.
The schools are Han Chiang High School, Penang Free School, Methodist Boys’ School, SMJK Convent Datuk Keramat, SJK (C) Sum Sun and a school for special needs children in Datuk Keramat.
Han Chiang High School principal Kung Bee Lee welcomed the sponsorship, adding that the school had been using The Star during lessons.
“We are using the newspaper in the classrooms, and have even sent our teachers to attend workshops on how to use it effectively.
Datuk Keramat Assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo giving his speech at the The Star Newspapers NiE Presentation ceremony at Han Chiang High School where he sponsored the programme for the school for the whole year, The event was held at Han Chiang High School, 30th March 2016. Star pic by: CHAN BOON KAI/ The Star/(30th March 2016)
“The students find the articles interesting as they address current issues, especially those related to teenagers,” she said in her welcome speech at The Star’s NiE presentation ceremony on Wednesday.
Jagdeep said he was happy to be involved in the NiE programme which he had been supporting for the past six years.
“I appreciate The Star for the fair reporting. I sponsor the newspaper not in the hope that it publishes my news, but because it is a very good English newspaper.
“I remember growing up reading The Star. It was also my late father’s favourite newspaper,” he said in his speech, referring to the late Karpal Singh who had also sponsored the programme for five years until his untimely demise in 2014.
Jagdeep said there were many schools in his constituency, adding that he had to pick different schools each year to ensure none was left out.
“I hope to continue with the sponsorship in the coming years. I believe there must be absolute emphasis in mastering the English language,” he said.
Present were Star Media Group news editor (regional) K. Suthakar and audience management senior executive Eric Stanley.
Earlier, Suthakar gave a talk on journalism to the students.
Stanley said feedback from various schools showed that many students had benefited from the programme over the years.
Commending Jagdeep for his commitment to the programme, he urged other elected representatives to come forward with such sponsorship for the benefit of schools in their respective constituencies.
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