Min­istry bent on im­prov­ing English stan­dard

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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