PETALING JAYA - Co-curricular activities are a good way to help students master English, which will become a must-pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2016.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said co-curricular activities were relevant to the objectives of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
"The Education Ministry issued a circular in 1999 urging schools to carry out English teaching and learning activities beyond the classroom. The learning of English should be carried out in a fun way," she told reporters after presenting prizes to winners of The Star's Tale Spin 2013 contest.
Impressed by the performance and storyboards created by the participants, Yap said the students displayed a level of creativity and proficiency which showcased the success stories of the education system through contests like Tale Spin.
QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid said he was amazed by the high quality of the entries.
"I can see that the students have put in a lot of hard work. They also appeared confident during the presentation," said Ahmad Zaki.
Star Publications (M) Bhd acting group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the contest offered budding creative talents a chance to explore their creativity.
The contest, organised by Star-NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) and Pizza Hut, was based on the storyboarding concept with characters from movies, books and other genres.
During the finals yesterday, the top two teams of each category conducted a "live presentation" as well as a Q&A session with the judges.
SMK Bukit Mewah from Negri Sembilan emerged champions in the upper secondary category while in the lower secondary, SMJK Perempuan Cina Pulau Pinang took the top spot.
SK Bandar Utama Damansara (4) won the primary category while SMK Methodist ACS from Ipoh took the first place in the video clip category.
The champions in all the categories won an all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong Disneyland while the champions in the upper secondary category will receive an additional RM150,000 (S$59,000) in scholarships from Taylor's University.