Protest over DLP

> Group says pro­gramme too hard for stu­dents to cope with­out af­fect­ing mother tongue

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - BY G. SURACH

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.

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