PETALING JAYA: An academic lobbyist stated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was spot on when he lately pressured that proficiency within the English language must be improved.
Anwar additionally stated whereas this must be executed amongst college students from 2024, their mastery of Bahasa Melayu shouldn’t be compromised both.
Mum or dad Motion Group for Schooling Malaysia chairperson Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim stated the English language have to be taken significantly if the nation is to progress economically with the remainder of the world.
She stated Malaysia has the “Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the English Language” coverage and there are two vital programmes for English, that are the Extremely Immersive Programme (HIP) and Twin Language Programme (DLP).
“We need to see DLP reviewed and strengthened as we observed quite a few situations have been put in place to discourage dad and mom from choosing it,” she stated, including that oldsters preferring DLP for his or her youngsters face intimidation from colleges.
She additionally stated this goes in opposition to the assertion made by the prime minister and that the success of HIP is dependent upon the inclination of college leaders. Noor Azimah steered secondary colleges nationwide be was English medium colleges to provide English language academics from the B40 group.
“Entice faculty leavers with a scholarship overseas and a gorgeous contract to show English.”
Nationwide Affiliation of Non-public Instructional Establishments secretary-general Dr Teh Choon Jin stated he agrees with Anwar’s assertion.
He stated whereas sustaining the place of Bahasa Melayu because the nationwide language, additionally it is vital to grasp English as it’s the language of energy and financial growth.
“We should not overlook the English language serves as a lingua franca within the international enviornment. Quite a lot of analysis publications, together with scientific and technological findings, are revealed within the language.”
Teh additionally stated it is crucial for Malaysians to be proficient in English other than Bahasa Melayu, including that in 2016, DLP was launched as a key element of the “Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the English Language” coverage, which allowed chosen colleges to show Science and Arithmetic in English.
He added that whereas extra colleges ought to undertake DLP, there’s a scarcity of skilled academics to show Science and Arithmetic in English.
“Increasing the adoption of DLP is essential for assembly the preferences of fogeys who search colleges offering this bilingual strategy.”
Teh stated addressing the dearth of certified English academics shall be pivotal in making certain the success and sustainability of the programme, including that colleges can play a job by encouraging college students to learn English books to enhance their command of the language.
He additionally stated actions that encourage using English may be carried out, equivalent to a devoted day in per week for English utilization.
“Whereas Malaysians can converse in English, we must always transcend this and be proficient within the language,” he stated, including that colleges ought to take the initiative to complement the educational of English with on-line lessons or digital studying supplies to deal with the hole in English proficiency amongst college students.