Helping rural primary school kids score in English

Students of SK Cherating who participated in the UPSR English workshop in a group photo with their teachers and workshop facilitator. – NSTP/Rayyan Rafidi

CHERATING: Ninety pupils from SK Cherating, Pahang had a head start in preparing for their Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) English examination at a two-day workshop conducted by the New Straits Times Press Education Vertical department as part of the Media Prima Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme last weekend.

The participants underwent intensive training to improve their grammar as well as gather the proper techniques to answer the UPSR English Paper 1 and Paper 2 questions.

One of the pupils, Maisara Md Raya, 12, said the module provided in the workshop was comprehensive as it also included a revision of grammar which is important for UPSR Paper 1 in particular.

SK Cherating students pose for a group photo with the instructor, Sri Wahyuni Mohamed Kham (centre, back row). – NSTP/Rayyan Rafidi

“I enjoyed learning with the facilitator as she was clear in her explanation and I could ask her questions if I didn’t understand anything,” said the school deputy head prefect.

Another pupil, Muhammad Syahrul Ikhwan Muhammad Syahir, 12 said: “I feel that aside from learning the techniques to answer UPSR questions, I also improved my communication skills. There were a lot of group activities so the workshop also taught us about teamwork.”

“What I like about this workshop is how friendly the instructor was,” said Nur Natasya Alia Zulkifli, 12, who harbours hopes to be a doctor one day.

On the second day, pupils attempted exercises for Paper 1 Section B on social expressions before they were guided on how to answer the writing part of the English exam paper, which is under Paper 2 Sections B and C.

“I am not very good at answering Paper 2 Section B and C so I am glad that we were given a lot of exercises to do. The techniques I learned were very helpful. The two days were very enjoyable,” Nur Natasya added.

A total of 90 students participated in the UPSR workshop – NSTP/Rayyan Rafidi

SK Cherating English teacher Aliza Abd Shukor, expressed her gratitude for the workshop.

“For many students in rural schools, English is foreign to them so they tend to lose focus quickly in class. But the facilitator for this workshop was great at connecting with the children and capturing their interest.”

“I feel that this workshop has successfully focused on grammar and vocabulary, the two important aspects of the language in which most of the students are lacking,” said Aliza.

By Rayyan Rafidi.

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