BENTONG: Learning today has become fun and interactive, a stark difference to the school days of Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“When I was studying in a Chinese school in the 1960s, we didn’t have computer software. We didn’t even have The Star’s Step Up pullout,” the MCA president told students.
He had met the students at SJK(C) Khai Mun where Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd sponsored RM50,000 worth of Step Up pullouts for pupils between Year Four and Six from seven schools in Bentong.
Liow said Malaysians must master English to compete with other nations and called on headmasters and teachers to make full use of The Star’s Step Up pullout in helping pupils learn English.
He praised Orando Holdings for sponsoring the pullouts, urging more companies to focus on education as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.
“Let us make learning English interesting to attract our children to learn fast and catch up fast to see results as soon as possible,” he said.
Star Media Group editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh said many English teachers were amazed at the transformation of passive kids to active learners when NiE was used in the classroom.
The pullout’s Sekolah Kebangsaan version is published every alternate Tuesday with Malay translation whereas its Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan version, along with its Chinese translation, is available every Thursday.
Seventeen issues are published every year and the pullout is aimed at helping to improve the students’ English proficiency and the UPSR passing rate.