Literary contest for Indian pupils may include Mandarin

Good luck: Kamalanathan (centre) greeting the pupils taking part in the annual literary competition at Phor Tay Private High School in Jalan Bagan Jermal.

THE Indian Association (IA) Penang successfully held its annual literary competition for the 15th year aimed at enhancing students’ level of proficiency in three major languages.

About 200 pupils from all the Tamil schools and kindergartens in Penang took part in the competition which featured eight categories.

Association vice-president and organising chairman N.G. Ganapathy said the number of participating schools had grown from 11 back in 1999 to 28 Tamil schools this year.

“We hope to conduct the competition at the association’s new multi-purpose hall in two to three years’ time when it is completed.

“We are thinking of introducing a Mandarin language competition for Indian pupils who are studying in Chinese schools, once the association’s hall is ready,” Ganapathy said during the competition at the Phor Tay Private High School in Jalan Bagan Jermal on Sunday.

The pupils competed in essay writing in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Tamil, elocution contest in Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil, storytelling in English and sang motivational songs in Tamil.

The association gave out prizes worth more than RM10,000 to the winners.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said being a teacher was a more noble profession than a doctor.

“It is true that a doctor saves lives. However, a teacher saves a generation.

“A teacher creates leaders and champions, and we hope all the teachers can continue to do their best to produce more leaders in our country,” Kamalanathan said.

He congratulated the association for successfully organising the competition for 15 consecutive years.

Also present was state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan.

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