A Malay language teacher at Keningau Vocational College, Lerry David, made it to the penultimate round of an ongoing national contest, Cikgu Kickstart Awards, prior to the final selection of the top 15 contestants who will receive grants to further develop their projects. The competition is organized by Edufication, an independent association that runs education programmes for Malaysian educators. The organizer will choose the best 15 ideas and award the teachers with grants worth RM 2000 to RM 6000. Mr. Lerry David is the only vocational college teacher who first made it to the top 50 before securing his spot in the top 30.
Lerry David has developed his own mobile app to assist his students who still struggled to write essays properly and teaching them became more challenging when schools were ordered to close several times due to the pandemic. He believed that mobile app was probably the most plausible method that could help him offer meaningful learning experience to his students who had to continue their learning at homes. He named his app “Bijak Karangan” and it contained the basic information as well as some tips and techniques on how to write essays better. He presented this innovation at a Japanese virtual conference last year and it received constructive feedback from other participants. He decided to apply for this grant so he could hire experts to assist him in developing the application. Mr. Johari @ Jaibet Bin Sabin, the director of the college, praised his initiative in helping his students and expressed his full support on his effort.