BASF-Petronas Petrochemicals Sdn Bhd is sponsoring newpapers to schools in the Kuantan district for the second consecutive year under The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) programme.
This year, 17 lucky schools were selected to be part of the NiE programme. The sponsorship signifies the continued support of multinational companies for the use of The Star as a teaching tool for raising the English proficiency of primary schoolchildren.
BASF-Petronas sponsored RM6,000 worth of newspapers last year but increased their sponsorship to RM10,720 this year. Each of the 17 schools will receive 120 copies of The Star three times a month.
At the cheque presentation ceremony held at SK Tanjung Lumpur on April 28, BASF senior manager for human resource development, employee and corporate communications Jason Choi Kam Heng said the company was satisfied with the response received from schools that had earlier received sponsorship.
Present at the event were teachers from all 17 schools: SK Tok Sira, SK Galing, SK Berserah, SK Sungai Karang, SK Batu Tiga, SK Permatang Badak, SK Fakeh Abd Samad, SK Tanjung Lumpur, SK Kempadang, SK Bukit Sekilau, SK Cenderawasih, SK Pandan, SK Indera Mahkota Utama, SK Astana, SJK (C) Chung Ching, SJK (C) Pei Chai, and SJK (T) Bandar Indera Mahkota.
English teacher Leong Yee Cheng of SK Indera Mahkota Utama said the use of newspapers under the NiE programme had produced positive results and many students had asked their parents to subscribe to The Star daily.
“There is good response from the students and they are very eager to take part in the NiE lessons. In fact, many are disappointed if the newspapers are not available during class,” she said.
Leong also extended the use of newspapers into her Moral Education classes, saying that many issues were raised in the newspapers.
“We also incorporate the use of newspapers to teach the syllabus, for instance, when we are teaching occupations, we get them to identify the careers mentioned in the newspaper.”
She added that pictures found in the newspapers were also an important component in NiE classes as students are drawn to the colour pictures and are more ready to read the news and ask their teachers about them.
Poh Sock Chen from SK Tanjung Lumpur said newspapers are used for to build the vocabulary of students in the school.
“In some cases, the students are not interested in reading, so we use the newspapers to pique their interest,” she said.
Poh added the newspaper is an effective tool that encourages reading among students, besides drawing their attention to national and world news.