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Yes, English is compulsory pass subject, but let improve the quality of English teaching staff first

Muhyddin must be living in the coccon for not knowing English is not a compulsory pass subject since 1971 !!

I have proposed this idea in the Star and about a year ago. English shall not just a compulsory subject but a distinction grade is needed like BM.

I do agree that the quality of English teaching staff in the rural schools has to be improved first before English is made compulsory. In my old days, there was not a single qualified English teacher in my kampong secondary school. I still remembered a Malay teacher who was forced to become English teacher taught this, “You was…”, another teacher passing by our class corrected his mistake privately.

Association Supports Making English Compulsory Pass Subject

BESUT, June 10 ( Bernama) — The Malaysian Malay Language Education Association (PPBMM) fully supports the government’s proposal to make English an SPM compulsory pass subject.

Its president, Assoc Prof Dr Hashim Othman, said this was in line with the resolutions made by the association in March to raise language proficiency at all levels of education through various strategies and teaching and learning methods.

He said it was fitting to learn English for communication purpose, but not as a language for knowledge as being done through the policy of teaching and learning Science and Mathematics in English.

“By making it compulsory to pass English, it will indirectly encourage or motivate students to learn the language,” he told Bernama, here, today.

He said the resolution to make English pass compulsory was made at the PPBMM executive meeting in March and a copy of the resolution was faxed to the Education Minister then, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Khaled Nordin, and Foreign Minister then and PPBMM patron, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Hashim said the association was confident that Malay students in rural areas would not face any problem in getting their SPM certificate once the proposal was carried out.

He said the difficulty that rural students had in learning English could be overcome with revised and improved teaching and learning techniques.

Hashim suggested that the funds previously allocated for implementing the policy of using English in teaching Maths and Science be used to improve teaching and learning English in rural areas.

He hoped that with this move, the policy would be scrapped in schools and instead focus be given to improving students’ overall command of English.


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