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Majority of them are teachers trained under UMNO-NEP

A real story about a primary school teacher’s proficiency in English. My old mum asked a primary school teacher from my kampung to read a commercial letter from a brokerage firm. The letter is a receipt to inform me the money has been paid for a transaction.

My mum called me urgently saying I must pay back a debt to the company within 14 day. I rushed back and I was so angry after found out the message is just a reminder, “Please contact the company within 14-day if there is any error in the statement.”

I guess the teacher only knew “14-day” in the sentence and told my mum a total different story.

I had told my mum to stop open my letters mail to my new village and ask anyone to read my letters.

Side story: I found out a Singapore Form-5 student cannot understand lawyer letter written in English. May be the technical terms make him confuse.

Fact 1: It has been revealed that two-thirds of 70,000 English teachers in the country failed to reach a proficient English level.

Fact 2: Dr Khair added that the other major finding of the survey was that two in three students failed to meet the basics in English proficiency.

The blind leading the blind is the main reason why our English standard is so low now.

Majority of teachers not proficient in English
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH

GEORGE TOWN: It has been revealed that two-thirds of 70,000 English teachers in the country failed to reach a proficient English level.

Education Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said it was one of the two major findings of a survey which required the teachers to sit for the Cambridge Placement Test.

“When we did the initial profiling of the English teachers in Malaysia, we found that two-thirds of the teachers did not meet the proficiency level,” said Dr Khair, who was one of the speakers at a forum held at the G Hotel here on Monday.

The forum titled “English Proficiency: Does the Education System Support the Needs of the Workplace?” was held in conjunction with The Star’s English For More Opportunities initiative.

Lively discussion: Participants listening to speakers at the ‘English Proficiency: Does the Education System Support the Needs of the Workplace?’ forum organised at G Hotel, Penang.

Dr Khair was one of the four panellists at the forum, which was moderated by former Education Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim.

Dr Khair added that the other major finding of the survey was that two in three students failed to meet the basics in English proficiency.

“This was based on the comparison of the students’ results in SPM English and Cambridge 1119 standards,” he said, adding that the survey was conducted among 13,000 students.

Dr Khair said the survey was an initial review done prior to the Preliminary Report Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 11.

In relation to the curriculum and teaching in line with the strengthening of the English language, he said there were various initiatives with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malaysia.

“We also have English Teaching Assistant programmes as well as contract teachers employed to teach the language.”

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) Penang branch chairman Ng Weng Tutt said the union lauded the proposal in the blueprint for the upskilling of teachers.

“The upskilling of teachers is in the right direction. After five years, teachers need to be sent for courses.

“We want the Government to upgrade all teachers, and not only from a certain group, from time to time, and also to send them for training.

“The NUTP wants the Government to have more well-trained teachers to teach English and English literature in schools,” he said.

Ng also said the union urges all parties, especially NGOs, to place equal emphasis on all languages.

“We support what the Government has proposed in the blueprint but there is still room for improvement.

“We are getting feedback from teachers before they are brought up to the Education Ministry,” he said.

> See StarEducate this Sunday for more reports.

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damien says:

listen listen listen is a good example!

Roy says:

At Umno Assembly, Najib agreed to the Umno Putera/Puteri request to set up an institute to ensure that university academicians and staff toe the Umno line.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/38171

nkkhoo says:

This is communist way of brainwashing government servants.

ken ho says:

chinese schools now must have more period to study BM under the new blue print.
is this an attempt to shortchange chinese language learning?

nkkhoo says:

This is Malay first policy under Muhiddyin.

Psy says:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/penang-clan-card-played-in-row-over-guan-engs-house/

nkkhoo, your sources on LGE must be from Gerakan/BN Penang so its credibility is subjective now.

as for English, there are many excellent retired English teachers who can return to do national service for a token sum (to cover cost of barang naik livings) yet Ministry Education wants to import foreign teachers (permits issued same way as permits for crime suspect Nigerians to Msians ?)

月月 says:

把政治带入神圣的学府?
这就是国阵婉转的洗脑方式!428大集会被指是非法集会,还出现在SPM预考考题!!!

有网民在面子书上载一张被指为柔佛州大马教育文凭“道德教育科”预考的一则试题。
有关试题展示了两张集会者暴力行为,包括有人脚踢警察巡逻车的图片。

试题表明两张照片是2012年4月28日“公平与干净选举联盟”3.0集会的照片。
题目是问考生:一名公民是否应该或不应该参加非法集会?面子书图片显示,考生填写“不应该”,因此获得一分。

究竟428大集会是否非法,目前尚未有定案,因为有关集会是在2011年和平集会法令在国会通过后所展开的活动,而且4月10日内政部长希山慕丁表示政府已允许净选盟在428当天进行静坐抗议,但必须与警方合作,讨论集会地点。

做賊喊抓賊 ,大马废政府还以为大马人民是无知的?
偶尔在八度空间华语新闻还没开始时,都看到抹黑428大集会的广告!看到一个为民争取公正选举的集团被糟蹋真令人痛心至极!

哀哉大马教育。请上面的冷静想想,大马这样下去有希望吗?不要被人影响,自己做自己的主人吧。

Psy says:

Muhidyyin promised to bring in native English teachers from Britain to coach local trainers BUT janji belum ditepati ?

More international schools have been set up in Klang Valley & in Penang. More class diffrentiation in the making with rich fluent in English while the less priviledge speak manglish ?