Expo benefits 12,000 students

KUCHING: About 12,000 students across the state have attended and benefited from the Sarawak Education Expo which was held simultaneously throughout the state yesterday.

For the first time, Yayasan Sarawak or Sarawak Foundation collaborated with its strategic partners, the Sarawak Resident and District Office and the Education District Office, to organise the expo.

Such a joint collaboration involved 43 district offices and 30 education district offices, with 42 venues throughout Sarawak.

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg was present to officiate at the launch of the expo at Dewan Jamilah, Yayasan Sarawak yesterday.

Meanwhile, Yayasan Sarawak director Mersal Abang Rosli, in his speech, said that the main goal of the expo was to disseminate information on the most recent educational opportunities for students, particularly SPM leavers who had just received their results.

“This will allow students to make the best choices and decisions for their future undertakinsg while also benefiting from the financial assistance provided by our foundation,” he said.

Mersal added Yayasan Sarawak would work hard to achieve the state’s vision of making Sarawak a developed state with high income by 2030.

“The premier is very passionate in education development for people of Sarawak and his initiative of putting Swinburne, Curtin, UTS, i-CATS University College, Laila Taib College and CENTEXS under the roof of Yayasan Sarawak has completed the ecosystem of education facilities that the foundation can provide to the people.

“Not forgetting the state’s government’s free school buses, tuition classes for Form 5 students, establishment of Yayasan Sarawak International Schools, air tickets for university students studying in West Malaysia and many more.

“Meanwhile, the expo also provides counselling sessions, exhibitions and opportunities for students to enrol at our participating institutions,” he said.

It is attended by about 10 institutions, namely, Yayasan Sarawak, Curtin, Swinburne, UTS, Sarawak Skills, i-CATS University College, CENTEXS, SATT College Sarawak, Laila Taib College and Pelita Maslaut Maritime Training Institution.

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