Big crowd at Perak’s largest education expo


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 04 Apr 2004

IPOH: Visitors have been thronging Perak’s largest education exposition at Stadium Indera Mulia here to check out the booths set up by 40 institutions of higher learning from all parts of the country.  

Ekspo Pendidikan Perak 2004, with today as its last day, offers students career guidance and information on financial aid for further studies. 

Visitors can also visit booths selling books, educational VCDs, dictionaries and other study aids at the exposition, organised by Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd. 

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali, who launched the event, said emphasis should also be placed on education in nation building, instead of just in economy and infrastructure. 

“In helping to achieve Vision 2020, we are forging ahead with plans to rejuvenate the state’s education policy and turn Perak into a centre of academic excellence. 

“This includes setting up Universiti Teknology Petronas, Universiti Teknology Mara and other new institutes in the ‘Education Valley’ in Seri Iskandar,” he said on Friday at the launch. 

Also present were state Education, Human Resources and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, state Education director Datuk Adnan Ibrahim and Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad executive chairman Datuk Mohammed Hashim Ahmad Makaruddin. 

In conjunction with the event, the Perak Mentri Besar also launched the Jawi edition of Utusan Malaysia in the state. 

The 40-page paper is expected to be published once a week and distributed to 900 schools throughout Perak as part of its Newspapers-in-Education programme. 

Activities at the expo include art and poetry contests, school brass band competitions and motivational talks. 

Ekspo Pendidikan Perak 2004 is supported by the Perak Education Department, state government, Ipoh City Council, Utusan Malaysia, The Star and Sin Chew Jit Poh. It will open from 10am to 8pm today.  

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