Why do we en­cour­age pri­vate schools when we should boost na­tional schools?

New Straits Times - - Letters -

do well. A vast ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion here are in favour of English as the medium of ed­u­ca­tion.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of our na­tional school sys­tem will get the sup­port of all races and, hope­fully, we can go back to be­ing the mul­tira­cial, mul­ti­cul­tural and mul­tire­li­gious so­ci­ety that we are liv­ing in. Why do we en­cour­age so many in­ter­na­tional and pri­vate schools when we should im­prove our school sys­tem?

There are many re­tired teach­ers of English and those who were ed­u­cated in English and are will­ing to help teach­ers bet­ter them­selves in the English lan­guage.

I would like to con­grat­u­late the Fi­nance Min­istry in its ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple to learn English through its Ba­hasa Ing­geris 1Malaysia (BI1M) pi­lot pro­gramme.

The na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive, un­der the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy, is to help peo­ple learn English while pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment or busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the train­ers.

It is open to Malaysians, re­gard­less of age, who wish to im­prove their English lan­guage skills.

But we must start with the young and we can only do this if we have teach­ers who can teach English.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are not enough of them.

The is­sue in the de­clin­ing stan­dard of English must be ad­dressed be­fore the sit­u­a­tion de­te­ri­o­rates fur­ther. The writer says Ba­hasa Malaysia is still our na­tional lan­guage that unites and iden­ti­fies us as Malaysians.

I do agree, but I also say that English is a global lan­guage that needs to be mas­tered if one wants to com­pete in this bor­der­less world.

TUNKU DARA NAQUIAH, Serem­ban, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

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