Neoh Lean Wen and Edward Foo Yu Cheng were among four students from Ipoh Learning and Training Institute (iLTI) who passed with flying colours in the Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE) examination, C2.
The examination was based on the Common European Framework Reference or the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTP Level 5). Incidentally, only 37 per cent of English teachers in Malaysia are able to get a pass in C2 while the number in C1 is negligible.
The two boys along with 157 students who took the University of Cambridge ESOL examination at the end of last year received the prestigious Cambridge certificates at the 14th Cambridge certificate presentation ceremony recently.
Executive Councillor Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, representing the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, officiated at the event.
“English is a language of opportunity; it is not only a language of math, science, technology, engineering and medicine but also a language of trade, commerce and industry. Undeniably, the borderless global community has acknowledged and recognised English as the lingua franca of conferences, seminars and meetings,” said Mah in his opening address.
The iLTI has been one of the more reputable language institutes in Ipoh. In fact, Mah’s son, Mah Song Wei attended iLTI to improve his English. “My son did remarkably well in every Cambridge exam and, most significantly, he achieved Grade A in the CPE exam in 2003 when he was 15,” added Mah
Principal Thomas Kok congratulated Neoh and Foo for the achievement. “I am extremely proud of these two Form 3 students who scored grade A in CPE,” said Thomas. Along with him were the founders of iLTI, Dato’ Richard Small and Chon Yoong Kim.