Lerry David, a Malay language teacher at Keningau Vocational College, is one of the top 50 finalists of the ongoing national contest, Cikgu Kickstart Awards, organized by Edufication, an independent association that runs professional development programmes for Malaysian teachers. These top 50 finalists are in the running for school project grants worth RM 2000 to RM 6000 for 15 recipients. Mr. Lerry David is the only vocational college teacher in the top 50 and one of the few Sabahan teachers who made the list. The list was announced on March 31, 2021.
Lerry David has developed his own mobile app so he could cater better to the need of his students whom he had to teach remotely during school closure that happened several times since last year. He figured that mobile-assisted language learning was probably one of the most convenient way to ensure that his students could continue learning at homes. The mobile app which he named “Bijak Karangan” contained explicit instructions, criteria, tips and caveats on how to write essays properly. He presented this project at a Tokyo virtual conference in December 2020 and received positive feedback from the listeners. He decided to submit his application for this competition since the grant might be able to help him hire experts to assist him in developing the app so it can have more advanced features and functions. Mr. Johari @ Jaibet Bin Sabin, the director of the college, lauded his effort in helping his students and expressed his full support on the project.