THE students of SMJK Phor Tay, SMK Padang Polo and Han Chiang High School in Penang can now enjoy free copies of The Star every Wednesday, thanks to Eng Teknologi HoldingsBhd.
The computer component manufacturer is a first-time sponsor of The Star's Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) programme.
Its sponsorship, worth RM5,000, will run for a year.
Its executive director, Gillian Teh, said: “We believe that this is a worthy project which we will support yearly.
“Apart from enriching the students' vocabulary, The Star will also enable them to keep abreast with both local and global issues.”
She said the newspaper also featured articles, such as those pertaining to entertainment and sports, which would interest the students.
SMJK Phor Tay principal Mok Kam Fatt hoped that the sponsored newspapers would help the children would develop a love for reading.
“Getting students to read newspapers in the classroom will expose them to good English reading material.
“Ultimately, this helps them improve their vocabulary,” he added.
He also said the NiE pullout, which is available with The Star every Wednesday, was loaded with fun activities.
“It makes their learning experience not only interesting but effortless as well,” he added.
Earlier, the Jan 17 pullout was distributed to the students of Form 4PA who immediately attempted its activities.
English teacher T. Kala Devi said: “They ploughed through the newspaper to find as many adjectives as they could."
She added that the NiE programme would definitely benefit the students as many had never read an English newspaper before.
Kala also described the pullout as a wonderful resource for teachers.
“Apart from teaching sentence structure, it also helps them to enrich their knowledge.
“Thus, the pullout is definitely a great supplementary material to our textbooks and workbooks,” she added.
Also present were SMK Padang Polo senior assistant Yow Sow Lay and Han Chiang High School assistant dean of studies Lim Seong Gim.
The pullout is distributed freewith every copy of The Star on the third Wednesday of the month and only to schools on other Wednesdays. However, it is not available during school and public holidays.
The Star is sold at a discounted price to schools that order in bulk.
To order, call The Star's Customer Care Unit at 03 7967 1777, from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm, or the circulation staff closest to you (see box).
NiE circulation staff
Rofit Miah: 012 296 8711
Mansor Md Isa: 012 241 6294
P. Sundar: 016 288 3682
Syed Jamal Mohammad: 017 338 2826
Tajudin Baharin: 012 376 7217
R.G. Segaran: 012 676 6906
U. Arumainathan: 016 382 1262
Sreedaran Nair: 013 528 3688
S. Bathiban: 05 253 9269
A.E. David: 019 353 0471
R. Arumugam: 012 709 8307
S. Suresh: 012 737 6810
Robin James: 019 916 8377
Oun Sui Leng: 019 4435757
Eileen Ooi: 012 4556809
Soon Chun Keat: 016-4105521