Sarawak Energy Continues to Provide Active Educational Support for Schools in Baleh

Programme to boost academic excellence through workshop for students, parents and teachers

KUCHING, 29th AUGUST 2017, TUESDAY: A programme developed to boost examination results for students from Baleh through effective studying and examination techniques was recently conducted for students together with their teachers and parents.

The three day camp-like ‘Jalinan Mesra Peribumi’ programme, organised by Sarawak Energy in partnership with Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Sarawak Campus and Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Kapit kick starts a new three-year programme which will run from year 2017-2020. This is a continuation of the ‘Education Enhancement Programme’, which was carried out in 2015 and 2016 in the area.

The programme saw strong and encouraging participation from about 200 students, teachers and parents of SMK Baleh and four primary schools - SK Temenggong Koh, SK Sempili, SK Entuloh and SK Lepong Gaat.

Jiwari Abdullah, Sarawak Energy’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Jamiran Salam, IPG Sarawak Campus Director together with Stell Sindau, Sarawak Energy’s Community Relations Advisor were present at the ceremony. 

Jiwari said that the programme is designed to provide guidance to enhance exam answering techniques and skills for students from Baleh area to enable them to perform better academically and to pursue higher education.

“As part of our commitment to provide support for the rural community, we will continue to play an active role in developing programmes to prepare the students from the area to be future-ready for opportunities created by the Baleh Hydropower Project,” he said.

The programme provides academic guidance and motivational support to students taking SPM and UPSR examinations this year, together their parents and teachers. The workshop included motivational talks for parents and teachers on the importance of prioritising education to open doors of opportunity proved popular. Teachers with outstanding track records (Guru Cemerlang) provided exam-tips on Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics, Science and History.

Students fed-back that they had picked up effective yet simple techniques on how to tackle the UPSR exam questions. 

“There is more confidence after going through the programme with the trainers from IPG Sarawak Campus,” said Jimmy Bundan, a student at SMK Baleh.

Parent Kennedy Jampong who was among the workshop’s participants said the programme provided useful insight on how to encourage their children to focus and prepare for the UPSR and SPM examination.

Jamiran said the outreach programme supports the education development of students from Sarawak’s schools in the interior region.

“We are happy that the program was well received by the students, teachers and the community with strong participation in the activities. These should help increase interest in enhancing the teaching and learning process in schools for the benefit of the students,” he said.

He added that IPG Sarawak Campus was appreciative of Sarawak Energy and the Sarawak Education Department through the respective District Education and schools for their collaboration and support.

Ling Snelus Angking, Programme Coordinator, commented that the programme had inspired the teachers to further guide and help students in their learning.

“The facilitators and lecturers came all the way from IPG Sarawak Campus and worked together to motivate these students in the rural area,” he said.

Also present at the closing ceremony were Gumbang Pura, IPG Sarawak Campus deputy director, Fredy Mike, PPD Kapit representative, Layang Lenam, SMK Baleh representative and Gendang Sugit, SMK Baleh PIBG chairman.

Sarawak Energy Head of CSR Jiwari Abdullah presents a certificate of attendance to one of the students during the programme as   Jamiran Salam, IPG Sarawak Campus Director (fourth left), Layang Lenam, SMK Baleh representative (sixth left) and Fredy Mike, PPD Kapit representative (seventh left) and others look on

Students listening attentively on examination tips during the programme at Baleh.