Malaysia’s Ministry Of Education Has Recognized National Schools’ Top English Writers
Celebrating The Writing Achievement Of Young Malaysian Students
ELS Language Centres (ELS) recently recognised the writing accomplishments of a group of Malaysian students in the first-ever ELS English Language Ambassador Award Essay Writing Competition.
The competition, which included an online English language writing programme to help students prepare for their SPM English exam, attracted 19,154 participants from 247 schools across the country, all of whom were in Forms 4 and 5.
Puan Sarina Salim, Deputy Director of the Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education, represented the Deputy Education Minister in giving recognition to the top 10 winners in the presence of their families as well as representatives from the MOE, Australian High Commission, ELS and its strategic partners – the University of Adelaide, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Sunago Education and Just English.
According to Puan Sarina, “The Ministry of Education has many initiatives to promote English language proficiency in our schools and it is also great to see that this is not just the responsibility of the Ministry but also that of private institutions like ELS Language Centres. We encourage such public-private and international partnerships as it brings about a healthy ecosystem for developing competent talent all across our national schools – and we look forward to the continuation of programmes like the ELS English Language Ambassador Award in years to come.”
Ms Fiona Morris, representing the Australian High Commission as the Counsellor of Education and Research, extended congratulations to the MOE and ELS, along with their strategic partners, for the successful outcome of the competition.
Ms Morris said, “We are very proud that the University of Adelaide is a sponsor of this award and that the winner will have the opportunity to spend 7 days in Adelaide, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Penang. Australia and Malaysia have developed deep people-to-people links through education, with many Malaysians having studied in Australia and Australian students undertaking study and internship experiences in Malaysia. We congratulate all participants and winners of the competition and commend their pursuit of English language excellence.”
ELS launched a new CSR initiative known as the ELS English Language Ambassador Award Essay Writing Competition in 2022, which aims to assist the Malaysian government in its “Driving English Language Excellence” campaign among secondary school students.
With the support of the MOE, this annual CSR programme is designed to help Forms 4 and 5 students improve their academic and creative writing skills, and also prepare them for the SPM English Writing exam.