TAWAU - A noble contribution by a public-listed company to provide tuition classes has raised hopes for 40 underprivileged pupils here.
Since 2009, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad has sponsored children from Tanjung Batu here to attend tuition classes by seven trained teachers in the Fajar area.
The company, through its subsidiary, Hap Seng Building Materials Sdn Bhd, also provides transportation for the pupils.
Hap Seng took the initiative after discovering some of the children here found it difficult to improve their studies because of the lack of access to educational materials or tuition classes.
Twelve-year-old Syarah Mashyta Amrin ,who aspires to be a doctor, said the twice-weekly extra classes, on English, Mathematics and Science, had helped her to improve her grades.
Her mother Amelia Rahman, 41, said she had noticed a marked improvement in her daughter's examination results. "I am grateful for the free classes."
Echoing similar sentiments were Nurwaidah Laratibi, a 41-year-old housewife and mother to 12-year-old Daniel Qayyum Antan.
"The tuition classes have helped my son in his studies. They have also helped parents like us who cannot afford to send our children to private tuition but wish to see our children get the best in terms of education."
Hap Seng Building Materials chief executive Ronald John Delaney said the pupils were selected annually based on an open registration system by the company.
"We believe that education is the gateway to a better quality of life. Unfortunately, there are young Malaysians today who are not able to access quality education because of poverty, distance and the lack of learning materials.
"This tuition sponsorship is a way to close this gap. It is also in line with the government's aim to improve students' academic outcomes and bridge the rural-urban academic divide."