Being proficient in English, the lingua franca of the world, can open doors to
greater opportunities in life. Students in schools located predominantly in rural
areas here can now access quality English language education with the launch of
the Project to Improve English in Rural Schools (PIERS) in Tuaran on 4 April 2012.
PIERS Tuaran 2012 will involve 46 teachers from a cluster of 18 schools. The
training programme, which will run through to the end of the school year, will
be conducted at SMK Sri Nangka. The launch of PIERS Tuaran also coincided with
the closing ceremony of PIERS Papar. The programme, which took place in 2011,
involved a total of 35 teachers from 16 schools.
PIERS is co-sponsored by HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, one of the leading international
banks in Malaysia, and Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad, a progressive and well-established
publicly listed company. Undertaken by CfBT Education Malaysia with the support
of the Sabah State Education Department, PIERS is an initiative aimed at improving
English proficiency among teachers and head teachers in rural primary schools.
PIERS was first introduced in Sabah in Tawau in 2009. Since then, it has been
expanded to Lahad Datu, Papar and now Tuaran.
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