TWENTY schools in rural areas nationwide will benefit from the School Times, a weekly newspaper supplement produced by the New Straits Times in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, thanks to Westports (M) Sdn Bhd.
The ministry had recently called on corporations to sponsor the supplement which is intended to help improve the students' proficiency in English.
Heeding the call, Westports, as part of its corporate social responsibility, is sponsoring 18,500 copies of the supplement, costing RM45,000, to be distributed among the schools over the next 25 weeks.
Westports chief executive officer Ruben Gnanalingam said it was happy to sponsor the newspapers for the schools as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.
"We believe that the newspaper would not only help the students improve their proficiency of the English language, but also help them in their studies.
"Hopefully, this small contribution from us will have a big impact on the students' performance which in turn will push the schools' academic achievement to the next level," he said at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pulau Indah 2, here, yesterday.
Earlier, he presented a mock cheque for RM45,000 to NST group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun.
In thanking Westports for the sponsorship and support, Syed Nadzri said the supplement, which was to be used in classrooms as a teaching tool, would greatly benefit the students.
Besides SK Pulau Indah 2, the other schools in Klang that will benefit include SK Telok Gong, SK Pandamaran, SK Pelabuhan Klang and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Hamzah.
Present at the event were school headmaster Kamsani Sahlan and NST Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) assistant manager Selvabalan Kuppusamy.
School Times is published every Thursday and distributed together with the NST to 500 selected primary and secondary schools in rural areas.