WOU, in line with its corporate social responsibility, is offering a sponsorship worth over RM5 million to the teachers and students of 27 secondary schools in Penang.
All 200 teachers attending the state-level “Form Six Teachers Action Plan Colloquium” hosted by WOU at the main campus today were each presented with three discount vouchers. Each discount voucher entitles the teachers or students of participating schools to a 30% rebate on total tuition fees when they register for any full-time or part-time study programmes at WOU.
Penang State Education (JPN) Deputy Director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad, in an interview, thanked WOU for its support in hosting the event. He also expressed his appreciation for the rebate vouchers from the University that spells huge benefits to the teachers and school kids. “Education is a lifelong learning process, a never ending story. When the kids go for higher learning, they must go for something higher than the first degree nowadays,” he remarked, adding that he himself has a Master’s degree.
He continued, “So when WOU can chip in with this kind of 30% rebate commitment, I do really appreciate it. Wawasan is doing its part with this social contribution for the school, for the kids, and we are really grateful for that.
“So hopefully, I would like to see more cooperation between JPN and Wawasan Open University. We really welcome you all to come into the school to promote your products. You can come in to highlight what kind of study programmes you are offering, especially when we have this sort of event or exhibition. Finally, thanks a lot to Wawasan!”
The 27 participating schools are from the five districts in Penang, namely Northeast (11), Southwest (2), Seberang Perai Utara (6), Seberang Perai Tengah (4) and Seberang Perai Selatan (4).
In his speech when officiating at the colloquium, Abdul Rashid reiterated his heartfelt appreciation for WOU’s commitment, adding that the main campus affords a pleasant study environment with its classic building and beautiful architecture.
He called on the teachers in Form Six to play the role of “mini lecturers” in the way they engage and communicate with the students, instead of being only focused on completing the syllabus, so that the students are ready, mentally, for university.
WOU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas, in her welcoming remarks, stated that the University offers full scholarships to students with excellent STPM results and needy students.
The Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Prof Balakrishnan Muniandy, shared about WOU’s educational programmes, such as the bachelor’s degree in the fields of primary education and English Studies, and the Master of Education.