Protest over DLP
> Group says programme too hard for students to cope without affecting mother tongue
Datuk Vincent Lau said the ministry can seek other alternatives to enhance English proficiency at such schools.
“There are 1,298 Chinese schools in the country and we have gathered signatures from 1,004 of these schools objecting to the DLP.
“While we are aware the government is serious in attempts to improve the students’ command of Bahasa Malaysia and English, I urge the ministry to review the programme.
“This is because the feedback we received indicates the programme is too difficult for the students to cope without affecting their mother tongue,” he said after handing over the memorandum to Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon at the ministry.
Chong reiterated that schools, irrespective of medium, are not forced to adopt the DLP, which is only carried out in schools which fulfilled set requirements.
He said the ministry-initiated programme will only be implemented in schools that applied for it.
“DLP will only be offered to schools which meet three main criteria – proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malaysia, and parents who are supportive of the programme.
“For the implementation of English, the schools’ respective scores for the Bahasa Malaysia examinations must be above the national average, as one of the criteria.
“No school will be forced to adopt the programme as it is not compulsory,” he said.