School Times, a weekly educational supplement for selected schools, will be available nationwide starting this Thursday.
Designed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and distributed to 500 semi-urban and rural schools in October last year, the supplement‘s contents will help students improve their English proficiencies through a teaching/learning resource that is informative, current and challenging.
New Straits Times (NST) Manager for Educational Services Mary Chandapillai says that the move to go retail nationwide is to give more schoolchildren access to educational materials contained in the pullout.
“We received positive feedback from the teachers who used it and the (NSTP) management has decided to make it accessible to the general Malaysian population. In this way, education can continue, and (everyone including) adults can benefit from it as well,” says Mary.
The pages comprise 24 sections of general creative content and 16 worksheets for primary and secondary students.
All the pages have something that are designed to stimulate readers intellectually.
Each page comes complete with a Teacher’s Guide, Glossary and Pronunciation guide.
The worksheets (eight for primary and eight for secondary) address pre-school, KBSR and KBSM syllabi requirements in an engaging way.
For example, the In The News page highlights past articles from the NST with a Teacher’s Guide and a glossary of words.
Stories on the cosmos, natural phenomenon, culture and beliefs are highlighted in Did You Know, Sci-Tech and Myth segments.
In the Hear Us! section, students can write to School Times about issues that affect them and get paid for their views, while creative expressions in the form of poetry, short stories or rumination get published in the Muse component.
Teach Ed is a space for teachers to network, get lesson plan ideas and acquire tips on classroom management and pedagogy. They will also get new insights into tried and tested methods of teaching.
“The new issues of School Times, which is a collaboration between NSTP and Maybank Foundation, will incorporate some design changes, activity boards for students, a column on financial management, articles by British Council on teacher development, essay-writing contests and a pre-school segment,” says Mary.
For information and enquiries on subscription rates, call 03-2282-3322 or visit http://subscription.nstp.com.my.