KUANTAN: The recent English Language Carnival held here drew a large crowd of participants, teachers, parents and students from all over the country.
For the second year running, the three-day national carnival was held alongside the challenge trophy, which is named after the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
More than 1,000 participants, mainly from primary schools, took part in the challenge trophy, which comprised of competitions in storytelling, poetry recitation, action song, scrabble, public speaking and choral speaking (secondary school category).
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan, who officially closed the event, said the annual carnival is designed to be a competition to promote and enhance awareness, understanding and appreciation of the English language.
“Alongside with that, this carnival is the best platform to showcase various English based activities and programmes organised by the Education Ministry as well as the agencies as our strategic partners.
“The mastery of the English language will provide an avenue to exalt our nation to greater heights,” he said Monday.
At the closing ceremony, Kamalanathan also said that a recent research conducted by experts at Cambridge University claimed that 37% of local teachers possess a high level of English proficiency similar to their counterparts in the United Kingdom.
The carnival was organised by the Education Ministry in collaboration with the Pahang Education Department and supported by agencies such as The Star, British Council, Help University, MoneyTree Malaysia, Kidzania Kuala Lumpur, Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd and Scholastic Malaysia.