OPTIMAL Group of companies became another player from the private sector to contribute to the Government’s campaign to improve the standard of English among students when it presented 5,000 English books to 14 selected schools in Terengganu’s Kertih district.
The books, suitable for students between the ages of seven and 19, cover a broad range of topics – from literature and health to mathematics and science.
A book presentation ceremony, held at Optimal’s office in Kertih, was attended by over 150 guests, including headmasters, teachers and student representatives from the seven primary schools and seven secondary schools.
Optimal chief executive officer Robert Kisker said that it was in full support of the government initiative as, in the long run, “having a good grasp of English, verbal and written, is advantageous for students to communicate in a universal language, effectively use IT and be empowered to face the era of globalisation.”
He added, however, that he believed one should not discard one’s mother tongue as learning more than one language would lead to the creation of a well-rounded and knowledgeable workforce.
The project, a joint-venture between Petronas and Dow Chemical in the United States, is part of a corporate citizen programme where companies explore ways to give back to and enhance ties with the local community.