KUALA TERENGGANU: There is strength in numbers.
Parents and teachers here feel that the RHB New Straits Times Spell-It-Right Challenge could help strengthen the command of English among students if more schools participated.
They said more students would also have the advantage of competing with their peers and learning new words.
SM Lembah Bidong’s English for Mathematics and Science panel head, Azimah Dollah, said more schools should participate as the competition had proved to be a winner with participants expanding their vocabulary.
“We were a little late in sending our registration form and some of us thought we were not going to make it as there were only 48 places available but we did and have benefited from it,” she said.
MRSM Kota Putera teacher Fatihah Nur Izzati Benjamin Abdullah was hoping to see two other MRSM schools in the state at the tournament.
“The programme is a good one and the powers that be in the state education department should do something about having more schools competing,” she said, adding that she appreciated what the department had done so far.
State Education Department sector head (academic) Zuber Embong said the competition was a good opportunity for schools to make use of the “smart partnership programme” between NST and RHB.
He said the department would try to get more schools to participate next year.
SK Sultan Sulaiman teacher Yusnita Md Yunus, said it took effort to prepare for the competition with some teachers seeing that as a burden.
“But all of us were happy in the end. We could see the fruits of our labour when we came away with the title,” she said.