KUALA TERENGGANU: Mastery in English will take students further in their pursuits, says Petronas East Coast regional office general manager Wan Hasnan Wan Abdullah.
He said youths can build their confidence to reach out and learn from those beyond their peer group by mastering English.
“English proficiency will also give you a competitive edge as you head into employment and will be useful for you to survive the challenging working sphere,” he told students during the closing ceremony of the Mega Trenglish Camp at Taman Tamadun Islam here on Tuesday.
The Mega Trenglish Camp was a three-day camp that saw the participation of 210 Form Four students from 40 Trenglish schools around Terengganu.
Introduced in 2014, the Trenglish (Transforming English in Terengganu) programme is a collaborative effort between the state government and state education department.
The camp, sponsored by Petronas in collaboration with Yayasan Terengganu and the state education department, is the climax to the 2017 programme.
Trenglish was introduced to enhance the proficiency of English in the state.
Wan Hasnan said according to a survey conducted by a job portal in 2015, poor command of the English language was one of the reasons why Malaysian graduates found it difficult to land jobs.
Wan Hasnan said the number of schools sponsored by Petronas for the Trenglish programme has increased from 37 to 50, of which eight are primary and 42 secondary.
Petronas has contributed 150,000 copies of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout to complement the company’s existing contribution for the Trenglish programme. Each pullout comes with a copy of the newspaper.
Two NiE workshops were held at the camp to bolster the use of newspapers in class.
Besides contributing NiE newspapers and sponsoring the camp, Petronas has also sponsored the activity allowances of the T-Help (Terengganu Hired English Language Personnel) assistants, merchandises and the Trenglish magazine for the schools involved.