MIRI: Some 13 Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) members’ children on Sunday (Jan 23) received education incentives from Assistant Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I (Tourism) Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew.
The simple handing over ceremony was held at the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Piasau branch here. Also present to witness the event was NSJA’s president Andy Jong Wan Joon.
These recipients have excelled in their academic and co-curricular for the year 2020. They are Yoyo Ling Le Yi, Chai Koh Jun, Chai Koh Vui, Abraham Nading Kandau, Violet Tania Ucha Roger,Wong Jia Hui, Lenny Lo Zi Hung, Chyrra Haren Desmond, Dellpiero Desmond, Chellsea Lahei Desmond, Bryan Boon Wui Hung, Terrence Tan Wei Jie, Tia Leonorra Puyang Romi Chai, Chai Koh Vui and Wong Jia Hui.
“This (education incentives) is to encourage and spur them on to continue to strive in their studies,” Ting disclosed after handing over the incentives.
The NSJA members’ children education incentives for 2020 were originally scheduled to be awarded last year but delayed until today due to the impact of the Covid-19 with strict standard operating procedures (SOP).
This is the fifth time NSJA has given such education incentives to the children of its members, from kindergarten up to tertiary level who excel in their public examinations.
“Mankind worldwide has been battling Covid-19 since March of 2020. We pray this will end soon and before that day comes, please strictly adhere to the SOPs and stay safe. Life will still have to go on to ensure survival of the people and economy afloat, especially the education of our children.
“No doubt that the pandemic has speed up the digital transformation in many industries including education. Schools have to close down but education must be continued,” he said.
However during the last movement control order (MCO) and conditional movement control order (CMCO) periods, Ting was happy to know that many schools were preparing for e-Learning when and where physical learning could not take place.
Ting also said that he would continue to support the NSJA members children education incentives.