GEORGE TOWN, May 2 – 445 graduates obtained Cambridge English Certificate, where 26 of them are beneficiaries of pilot classes under The Brighter Future Project. This year, 14 preparation centres have involved in conducting Cambridge English courses and classes by GPEX.
All candidates have scored with distinction and acquired Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level successfully. Two of these graduates, Teo Ee Yin from Chung Ling Private High School and Ong Zhi Hui from Hua Lian High School Taiping even scored with flying colors and got full marks.
Penang State EXCO for Tourism Development and Culture YB Danny Law Heng Kiang praised the efforts of GPEX in promoting quality English language education to students from underprivileged families. He promises to continue support this project and urges more private sectors to fund this meaningful project.
Speaking at the Cambridge English Graduation 2017, he said, his Batu Lanchang Service Centre had launched The Brighter Future Project since August last year. In his constituency, these students just need to pay RM10 to attend this programme. Three classes were conducted and 26 students took the Cambridge English YLE exams.
Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera YB Zairil Khir Johari said that mastering English is very important in this global village, especially 1 in 5 of the world’s population speak English as either a native, second or foreign language and currently In India alone has over 125,000,000 English Second Language speakers.
“Riding the crest of globalization and technology, English dominates the world as no language has ever been before. Therefore, he describes English as the key for us to open the treasure chest of knowledge. Cambridge English will continue to support their strategic partner GPEX to provide educational solutions to various institutions,” South East Asia and Pacific Regional Director of Cambridge English Lim Cheng Pier said.
Lim added, Cambridge English currently is collaborating with Malaysian Ministry of Education on English Language Road map to improve Malaysia students and teachers English proficiency, all primary and secondary textbooks will map to and aligned with Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) starting from this year.
Also presented including 8TV Mandarin newscaster Owen Yap and 2014 Astro Star Quest champion cum TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship champion Uriah See Khai. During the graduation ceremony, Yap shared his experiences in learning languages particularly English.
He is fluent in Mandarin, English, Malay and Korean as well as having a grasp of local dialects. He said, the best way to learn a language is exactly the same as the “P.D.C.A.R” principles in business administration — Plan, Do it, Correct, Action again and Record.
The Brighter Future Project is initiated by Pertubuhan Pendidikan Bahasa Komuniti Pulau Pinang and GPEX Central Sdn. Bhd. Through this project, Pertubuhan Pendidikan Bahasa Komuniti Pulau Pinang and GPEX wish to promote quality education which is within reach of everyone and to create equal learning opportunities for everyone.
In 2017, they are aiming to open 50 community Cambridge classes in different communities across Penang state that can benefit 1000 students from low-income families. This Brighter Future Project is currently the largest free community Cambridge classes in Malaysia.