It aims to im­prove their English skills and in­cul­cate read­ing habit

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NUR SHAZWANA MAN­SOR YAN news@nst.com.my

SMK Guar Chempedak 2 (SMKGC2) in Gu­run here has come up with an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to boost stu­dents’ grasp of the English lan­guage.

Un­der the Highly Im­mer­sive Pro­gramme us­ing New Straits Times (Hip­ster) Read­ing pro­gramme, 500 stu­dents from Form One to Form Five will carry a copy of the NST newspaper with them on a daily ba­sis.

The stu­dents will not only be us­ing NST in their English classes and other sub­jects, but will also take the newspaper home to share with fam­ily mem­bers.

SMKGC2 prin­ci­pal Abd Hamid Md Isa said the main ob­jec­tive of the one-year sub­scrip­tion pro­gramme was to im­prove the school’s per­for­mance in the English lan­guage and to in­cul­cate a read­ing habit.

He said the school chose NST for the pro­gramme as the news- paper of­fered read­ing ma­te­ri­als cov­er­ing a range of cur­rent is­sues and fea­tures. “Be­sides School Times and other aca­demic-re­lated ma­te­ri­als in NST, we will use ar­ti­cles cov­er­ing a range of is­sues to en­cour­age stu­dents to read.

“We are not just talk­ing about im­prov­ing stu­dents’ English skills for ex­ams, but, more im­por­tantly, we want them to get used to the lan­guage to im­prove their mar­ketabil­ity in the job mar­ket.

“That is our long-term vi­sion for this pro­gramme.”

He said the ini­tia­tive was in line with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s as­pi­ra­tion to im­prove stu­dents’ grasp of the English lan­guage.

“Our aim is also to en­cour­age stu­dents to speak English. That is why we will use the newspaper as ref­er­ence for other sub­jects.

“As a new school that opened last year, we feel it is im­per­a­tive for SMKGC2 to es­tab­lish its own iden­tity and we have de­cided to come up with this pro­gramme,” he said af­ter the launch of the pro­gramme by NST ed­u­ca­tion ed­i­tor Ha­zlina Aziz yes­ter­day.

Un­der the pro­gramme, Hamid said, each stu­dent would get a copy of NST every Mon­day at the cost of RM3 per month.

The newspaper would be used for ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week.

Hamid thanked the stu­dents’ par­ents for sup­port­ing the pro­gramme.

In con­junc­tion with the pro­gramme’s launch yes­ter­day, Ha­zlina held a brief­ing for 37 English teach­ers from 22 sec­ondary schools in Kuala Muda and Yan.


SMK Guar Chempedak 2 pin­ci­pal Abd Hamid Md Isa (cen­tre) with a group of Form 5 stu­dents pe­rus­ing a copy of the ‘New Straits Times’ in class.


Datuk Seri Bung Mok­tar Radin (cen­tre) pre­sent­ing a replica of the pact signed be­tween Fel­cra and ‘Berita Har­ian’ to ‘Berita Har­ian’ group ed­i­tor Datuk Mah­far Ali (sec­ond from right) at Balai Berita in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

Ha­zlina Aziz

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