PENANG: The Star Education Fair 2003 has become an excursion destination for some schools that sent busloads of students and teachers to the fair which entered its second day yesterday.
About 40 boys and girls from the school junior cadet movement of SM Air Itam came to find motivation, with some of them getting interested in the courses offered by the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Form Five student Nurul Afifah, 17, was keen on joining the Navy as she wanted a life of adventure on the high seas.
It's challenging. The equipment used is sophisticated and we will also look smart in the Navy uniforms, said Nurul who wore a cadet uniform like her other schoolmates.
The fair at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relau featured over 100 booths taken up by some 80 educational institutions in the northern region.
About 30 hostel students from SM Teknik Batu Lanchang came in a bus with their teacher counsellor Aishah Abdul Razak, who had spoken about the fair during a school assembly.
Some students said they preferred local universities as their first choice for higher studies, with Mohd Azlan Anwar, 17, adding: We are made in Malaysia and we support Malaysia.
Shazlan Kamal, 16, however, said given the chance he wanted to study overseas for the experience.
A group of 38 students from the counselling society of SMK Teluk Kumbar also turned up at the fair with three teachers.
Talks held at the function rooms also attracted the crowds with the one on Medicine and Medical Sciences being a clear favourite as some of the over 100 people in the audience had to stand after all the seats were taken.
The talks for today are Preparations for SPM Additional Mathematics and The Star Education Fund (both from 11.30am to 1pm), Medicine and Medical Sciences and Information Communication Technology (both from 1.30pm to 3pm) and Career in Engineering Consultancy and Conflict Resolution: Parents' Career Choice vs Students' Career Choice (both from 3.30pm to 5pm).
The fair which ends today is open from 10am to 7pm. Admission is free.
Free shuttle bus service is provided at hourly intervals between Weld Quay, Komtar and Pisa from 10am to 7pm.