EMAS NICHE (ELECTIVE MALAY PROGRAMME for SECONDARY SCHOOLS)
The Elective Programme for Malay Language in Secondary Schools or EMAS was introduced in Bukit Panjang Government High School (BPGHS) in January 2001. BPGHS was selected as a centre for hosting EMAS because it has a critical mass of students who are eligible for Higher Malay.
BPGHS is an existing Higher Malay Language (HML) centre in the West Zone that provides HML instruction and lessons to visiting students from more than 34 schools outside curriculum time. HML lessons are conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2.45 pm to 4.30 pm.
Currently, EMAS is available to students who have fulfilled one of three conditions:
(a) scored within top 10% of the cohort at the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE)
(b) scored within the top 11-30% of their cohort at the PSLE and satisfy certain language criteria (i.e. obtained at least an 'A' in EL and a Merit or Distinction in HML or an ‘A*’ or 'A' in ML at PSLE).
EMAS is structured as a 4-year programme so as to give more time to enrich the learning experiences of our students. Through enrichment activities, we seek to provide students with the opportunity to speak and use Malay Language in an environment that promotes an exclusive use of the language. Also, we strive to enhance our students' overall proficiency in the Malay Language through a variety of language, cultural and literary activities that are targeted at creating an interest in and an appreciation of Malay Language and culture.
In 2015, the students in the EMAS (Elective Malay for Secondary School) programme participated in various creative writing workshops and other enrichment activities.
Drama (Radio) Script Writing Workshop
Public Speaking Workshop
Lyrics Writing Workshop
Achievements in 2015
Siti Sarah Bte Abdul Rahman (Sec 101) and Nur Atikah Jusri (Sec 202) participated in the Smart With Vocabulary Competition 2015. Siti Sarah emerged as one of the top 10 students in the competition.
Thirteen students from Secondary 1 to 3 took part in the Pena Emasku 2015 Essay Writing Competition. Essays written by Nur Zulaikha Bte Mohamed Rohaidzat (Sec 301) and Levina Nathania (Sec 305) were selected as two of the best 33 entries.