THE Star Education Fair 2007 got off to a smashing start with about 10,000 students, school leavers and parents thronging the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) to scour for education options yesterday.
The arena was swarming with visitors as soon as the two-day event opened at 11am.
Among those who came were 240 students from SMK Methodist (Anglo Chinese School) in Sitiawan, Perak.
“Our students have never missed The Star Education Fair in Penang. We have been coming here since its inception seven years ago,” said teacher Roslina Ishak who led the group.
KDU College public relations and communications executive Wong Lai Cheng said there was a “non-stop” stream of visitors to the college’s booths.
“We are very happy with the response. In just an hour, we had more than 40 visitors,” she said.
The goings-on at the fair were recorded on podcasts by students of Han Chiang College and KDU College.
The podcasts, powered by Maxis 3G, can be viewed at http:// mthestar.com.my/edufair
The Award ‘N’ Win Contest held in conjunction with the fair attrac-ted many visitors.
Contest forms are available at booth B-20. Prizes for the contest, sponsored by Panasonic, include a 34-inch colour television set.
Education and career talks held at the fair also got a good response with more than 500 people turning up for the first talk ‘Options after SPM’ at 2pm yesterday.
In his welcoming speech at the opening ceremony, Star Publications (M) Berhad regional director (North) Datuk Seri Kamal Hashim said The Star had always been committed to the intellectual growth of young Malaysians.
“This has inspired us to organise annual events such as the Newspaper-in-Education (NIE) Programme, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the ESUM Public Speaking Competition,” said Kamal.
The fair is open from 11am to 7pm today. Admission is free.