139 PUPILS JOIN UPSR CAMP

Pupils need to be men­tally pre­pared for such an im­por­tant exam, says chair­man

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AH­MAD FAIRUZ OTH­MAN JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

ECO World Foun­da­tion, the char­ity branch of Eco World De­vel­op­ment Group Bhd, or­gan­ised a mo­ti­va­tional camp for 139 pupils from 28 Jo­hor schools to help them pre­pare for their Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah (UPSR) ex­am­i­na­tions.

The three-day camp, which ended yes­ter­day, was held at V8 Ho­tel in Sku­dai and comes un­der the foun­da­tion’s Stu­dent Aid Pro­gramme (SAP).

It in­volved un­der­priv­i­leged pupils from Seko­lah Ke­bangsaan, Seko­lah Je­nis Ke­bangsaan (Cina) and Seko­lah Je­nis Ke­bangsaan (Tamil).

Eco World Foun­da­tion chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said it aimed to arm pupils with the nec­es­sary skills for UPSR.

“Be­sides be­ing aca­dem­i­cally pre­pared, pupils also need to be men­tally pre­pared for such an im­por­tant exam.

“The foun­da­tion in­vited ex­perts to guide the par­tic­i­pants.

“They were taught tech­niques to an­swer exam ques­tions and skills that will boost their con­fi­dence ahead of the exam in Septem­ber.”

Lee said un­der SAP, each pupil was pro­vided with ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance worth RM1,100 to RM1,200 an­nu­ally through their pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion; RM1,000 to RM1,400 an­nu­ally for sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion; RM5,000 for 1½ years for pre-univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion; and, RM8,000 to RM18,000 an­nu­ally for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Lee said the pro­gramme was unique and holis­tic, where un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents were given as­sis­tance through their pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion if they ob­tained ex­cel­lent re­sults in ex­am­i­na­tions.

“The foun­da­tion spends RM4 mil­lion a year on SAP un­der its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“We are in­vest­ing in the ed­u­ca­tion of our coun­try’s youth and chil­dren. We are in­vest­ing in our fu­ture. Eco World Foun­da­tion be­lieves it can help many par­ents who need help with their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.”

There are 2,600 pupils from 135 pri­mary schools un­der the care of the foun­da­tion’s SAP, of whom 616 were from Jo­hor.

Lee said Eco World Foun­da­tion spent RM47,000 on yes­ter­day’s camp, which was the se­cond in a se­ries of six camps this year.

PIC BY NUR ADIBAH AH­MAD IZAM

Par­tic­i­pants in the NST-Nikon Pho­towalk in Bukit Bin­tang yes­ter­day.

PIC BY HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

Eco World Foun­da­tion chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (back row, se­cond from left) and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Liew Siong Sing (back row, left) with par­tic­i­pants in the UPSR mo­ti­va­tional camp at V8 Ho­tel in Sku­dai yes­ter­day.

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