Ministry bent on improving English standard
ENGLISH proficiency and the number of teachers in the language are among contributing factors for the difference in the mastery level of the language between urban and rural students.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the ministry was aware of this and committed to improving the situation.
“The lack of English teachers and their own performance is among the reasons for pupils’ lack of skills and command of the language,” he said, adding that the ministry had conducted various programmes to improve the proficiency level of English teachers.
“We are also ensuring that sufficient teachers’ quarters are available in every school,” he said during the question and answer session.
In replying to a supplementary question from Budiman Mohd Zohdi (BN-Sungai Besar) on the issue, Chong said the ministry was aware of the gap in English literacy between urban and rural students.
He added the ministry will meet all state executive councillors in charge of education to explain the decision to convert nine teacher education institutes (IPG) into vocational colleges.
He said this in reply to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem who said the decision to convert the IPGs, including two from Sarawak, was short-sighted and detrimental to the public.
“No (it’s not). We have explained that some of the IPGs were being underutilised, so we are looking at ways to optimise their use.
“However, we will discuss with the state exco members soon,” he said.