Some 40 students from four secondary schools in Gelang Patah area, home to Malaysia’s largest container terminal Port of Tanjung Pelepas, took part in a year-long English development programme.
Organised by the port operator, Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), the year programme was aimed at giving students the opportunity to enhance their understanding and confidence in mastering the English language.
In a statement, PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said the PTP English Development Program was the company’s effort to bridge the urban-rural divide in English education amongst the students.
“We are committed to provide a platform to help the local students to not only improve the students’ efficiency in the English language but also to better compete in the job market once they leave school. This is in line with the state government’s aspiration to have a sustainable human capital supply in Johor,” he said at the event’s closing ceremony in Gelang Patah, Johor, last month.
The students took part in activities such as tutorial classes and communications workshops held once a month from April to October. The tutorial classes were managed by experienced teachers appointed by Johor Bahru District Education Office (PPD) and selected PTP personnel who acted as tutors.
The students also had the opportunity to attend various educational programmes such as English Tutorial Class, English Communications Workshop and Mini Choral Speaking Competition to equip them with better command of the language for creative use.
The Mini Choral Speaking Competition, which was held during the closing ceremony of the programme, was won by SMK Taman Nusajaya with rendition of “A Better Tomorrow” performance.
In the same statement, SMK Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar principal Abd Rahman Abd Rahim said the programme helped the students to enhance their mastery in English and also motivated them to confidently use the skills that they acquired throughout the programme.
PTP also organises UPSR and SPM motivational camps, distributes school aids and runs an annual primary school soccer league. – TMR