Over 100,000 stu­dents in­volved in Dual Lan­guage Pro­gramme

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KUALA LUMPUR: A to­tal of 139,197 or 2.9 per cent of pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents are in­volved in the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s Dual Lan­guage Pro­gramme (DLP).

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said they were stu­dents from 1,216 schools, com­pris­ing 587 pri­mary, and 629 sec­ondary schools across the coun­try.

“DLP, which was in­tro­duced last year is a vol­un­tary pro­gramme which does not in­volve all schools and stu­dents. The prin­ci­pal or head­mas­ter has the right to re­ject if the school is not in­ter­ested or not will­ing to im­ple­ment DLP,” he said dur­ing the Min­is­ters’ Ques­tion Time (MQT) at the De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day.

He was an­swer­ing a ques­tion from G Mani­van­nan (PKR-Ka­par)

DLP, which was in­tro­duced last year is a vol­un­tary pro­gramme which does not in­volve all schools and stu­dents. The prin­ci­pal or head­mas­ter has the right to re­ject if the school is not in­ter­ested or not will­ing to im­ple­ment DLP.

re­gard­ing the cur­rent sta­tus of DLP, and the cri­te­ria used to al­low schools to prac­tise the pro­gramme.

Mahdzir said DLP gave pref­er­ence to schools which met the cri­te­ria for teach­ing and learn­ing in English and Ba­hasa Malaysia for the Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence sub­jects.

Mahdzir said the govern­ment had also taken var­i­ous proac­tive mea­sures to im­prove the English pro­fi­ciency of teach­ers in­volved in the pro­gramme.

He said a to­tal of 1,732 teach­ers had signed up to par­tic­i­pate in on­line train­ing for pro­fi­ciency in the English lan­guage of­fered by the English Lan­guage Train­ing Cen­ter ( ELTC) this year. — Ber­nama

Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter

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