“I WANT to be a police officer,” 15-year-old Siti Fairuz confidently said when asked about her future.
Siti was one of 70 students who received a crash course in Mathematics and English at Great Eastern Life Malaysia’s “Let’s Score ‘A’ Workshop” for PT3 students recently.
The annual education workshop, now in its third year, is a collaborative initiative with Star Media Group to give children from Social Welfare Department (JKM) homes a chance to brush up on the year’s syllabus as a final push two months before the exams.
It was a day-long course that supplemented the “Aspirasi Gemilang A” initiative under JKM, which awards underprivileged students with RM100 for each “A” scored in the examinations.
For Siti, who hails from Kelantan, the course was a stepping stone towards her ambition of joining the police force as well as a chance for her to study alongside her peers and make new friends.
“My favourite subjects are Bahasa Malaysia and Mathematics so it was a good thing to refresh my Maths and revise English – I was also able to meet up with old friends and learn with them,” she said.
Nawin Raj from Melaka, who dreams of becoming a chef one day, shared about his passion for English.
“I went for the course to better my English because I like it as a subject. I used to do badly in the subject before but I have gotten better after reading novels and would like to increase my understanding more,” he said.
Mathematics teacher Mohd Fauzi Md Rawi from Tanjung Karang put his 24 years of teaching experience to good use by giving the children tips on what to expect during the exams and how to best answer them.
Mohd Fauzi said among the challenges he faced was teaching students with different levels of understanding.
“I use examples from everyday life to help them better understand and this also ensures they do not get bored easily,” he said of his approach on helping students with Mathematics.
“One of the exam tips is to start with questions that will give them the most marks first,” he added.
In addition to students from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, there were also children from Negri Sembilan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak and Penang at the programme.