IMPRESSED by the country’s education system, Philips Lumileds Lighting Company Sdn Bhd is sponsoring 17,000 copies of The Star to six schools in Penang under the Star-NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) programme for a year.
Its managing director, Menko de Roos, said the education system had produced graduates of high calibre.
“We are happy with the performance of our staff, including engineers, who have all benefited from the system,” he said, after handing over a RM10,000 mock cheque for sponsorship of the programme to Star Publications (M) Bhd regional circulation manager Leow Kim Pu.
The sponsorship, he said would help the students improve their proficiency in English.
“This will help maintain the quality of the education system,” he said.
Present were SK St Xavier Branch headmaster Teoh Cheng Kang, SJK (C) Chong Cheng teacher Lee Lily, SMK Sungai Nibong teacher Norhayu Norany and SMK Sungai Ara teacher Norhanita Mohd Hanafiah.
Lee said the sponsored newspapers would be useful to poor pupils in the school, which is located in Sungai Ara.
“Now, they can get hold of the newspaper for free,” she said.
Lee, who has been a teacher for 29 years, said the NiE pullout, which comes free with the Wednesday’s copy of The Star, would help the 1,606 pupils perform better in the UPSR examination, especially in English.
“Their command of English is not very good,” she said, adding the passing rate for the subject in last year's UPSR was 73%.
“We hope to achieve a better passing rate by using the pullout,” Lee said.
Teoh said teachers in his school were well-versed in using the pullout.
“Since it covers many subjects, it will definitely be useful to our 750 pupils,” he said.
Also present were the company's Human Resource manager Lim Kim Seng and its Staffing and Training manager Pang Cheong Tuck.