Nurturing the seeds of success

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019

(From right) School principal Tang and Perambalam cheering on the recipients of the MagnumCares Academic Motivation Awards at Phor Tay Private High School in Jalan Bagan Jermal, Penang.

HE may be young, but 28-year-old Chinese subjects teacher Wong Pen Sin had students of Phor Tay Private High School cheering in excitement when he accepted the “Most Dedicated and Caring Teacher Award”.

“I have to thank all my students for their support and love.

“I am truly grateful to them, and I will continue doing my best in providing for them in the field of education, ” he said after receiving the award at the Phor Tay Private High School hall in Jalan Bagan Jermal, Penang.

Wong said his success and popularity among the students could be attributed to his way of teaching.

“To me, secondary school students are always a little rebellious in some ways as they are growing up and are going through a phase.

“When I have to be strict, I would be strict, but when I find that I can afford to give them some freedom, I would do so.

“It makes them feel more assured and relaxed, and that helps the teaching process to go smoothly, ” he added.

Wong, who received a plaque and a RM200 cash prize, was the only teacher from Phor Tay Private High School who received the award along with seven other teachers from other schools in the state.

The award was given during the Academic Motivation Award Programme by Magnum, which saw 278 “Top Student” and 54 “Most Improved” awards given out to eight schools in Penang.

During the recent awards ceremony, 21 other students also received a certificate and a cash prize of RM150 each.

Form Four student Lee Pei Ping, 15, who received the “Most Improved Student Award”, said she was pleasantly surprised to receive the award.

“I have just been concentrating on improving my grades all this time, and I did not know that I would be able to receive this award.

“This really motivates me. I will continue to work hard to maintain my grades, ” she added.

Phor Tay Private High School principal Tang Eng Hoe said he hoped that the students would remember the prize and recognition they received.

“After this, I hope the students will go on to become good citizens and help the less fortunate once they leave school.

“I hope to see them giving back and contributing to society, ” he said in his speech during the event.

Magnum regional manager (North) S. Perambalam said the Academic Motivation Award Programme was established in 1995 by MagnumCares.

“This Academic Motivation Award Programme, which is a corporate social responsibility and sustainability arm of Magnum Corporation, has been championing education and academic growth to schools, students and teachers nationwide for 25 years, ” he added.

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