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I have raised this same idea five years ago in The Star and Malaysiakini

English proficiency – they got it all wrong,

Anyway, LGE’s shit is 1000 times more aromatic than my ones. It’s good for him to remind BN government again and again on English standard.

Make passing SPM English a must, says Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — English must be made a core discipline that students must pass in SPM examinations if Malaysia is to keep up with an increasingly competitive world, Lim Guan Eng told the Education Ministry today.

The Penang chief minister (picture) pointed out that while the ministry had previously said that Malaysians must master English as a reflection of its status as the world’s most widely-used language for communications and knowledge acquisition, that did not go far enough and the language should be made a core discipline in the national school-leaving exam, which is the basic paper qualification needed for most jobs.

“Creating this incentive for students is necessary if the Ministry of Education (MOE) is committed to strengthening English language proficiency.

“Or else Malaysia will lose out in future competitiveness with deteriorating standards in English when other countries are improving theirs,” Lim said in a statement today.

The MOE had caused a huge outcry among educationists, students and parent groups with its decision to abolish a nearly decade-old national policy of the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) introduced in 2003 with another, Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening Command of English (MBMMBI), starting this year.

It claimed the PPSMI policy failed to meet its objective to raise the standard of English among Malaysian students, and was found to affect student performance in the subjects of Science and Mathematics in rural areas.

But Lim said the new education policy’s aims would not succeed in strengthening students’ mastery of the two languages if English was not also made a subject that they must pass, like Bahasa Malaysia and History.

He also drew attention to the unequal number of hours devoted to language lessons, with students given a maximum of 300 hours a week for English classes in national schools compared to 60 minutes extra a week for the national language.

Vernacular schools had it worse with only 150 minutes a week allocated to English compared to 300 minutes a week of BM classes, Lim said.

Southeast Asia’s top online search firm, Jobstreet, reported today that employers may offer fewer employment opportunities in the future after Putrajaya announced it would enforce the first ever minimum wage policy within the next year even as economists warn that Malaysia should brace for a significant economic slowdown due to rising linkages with China, the country’s No. 1 trading partner and the world’s second-largest economy after the US.

A Greek exit from the euro zone, which is a growing threat, would cause a second recession in as little as four years in Malaysia as the knock-on damage to Europe poses a threat to the global economy, which may impact the country’s aspiration to make the leap into a high-income nation by 2020.

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Yus says:

DPM now children to start school at 5 years old. So 2 more years to master English via MBMMBI? Like that K1 will start a 2 year old, K2 at 3 year old, and K3 will start at 4 years old. By the time the children finish their UPSR, they can tell you the birthdates of every BN leaders!

liou liao says:

i was at penang’s speaker corner last sunday. the veterans there said can be classified as anti-LGE just like those mamak gang featured in recent Buletin Mutiara.
whatever the vengeace, i believe nkkhoo is gentleman enough to counter that kind of comment when he is in Penang to clear himself.

nkkhoo says:

My stance is anti-evil whether it’s from BN or PR. Only those low IQ DAP machais want to polish LGE’s ball will say so, LGE should know my anti-evil stance.

I do not need to be labeled as pro-PR, that is a title I do not need at all.

Freddy says:

5 yers later, he is a CM.

Maybe 5 years later Malaysia Defence minister can tell us that Malaysia radar system is embeded by virus-code!