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English a must pass

CYBERJAYA: A new policy is on the cards to make English a compulsory subject, besides Bahasa Melayu, for students to pass at Malaysia’s public universities.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said he had discussed the matter with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak last week ago and the details would be announced later.

“The basic knowledge is not enough for graduates if they don’t have the ability to communicate and write in English.

“Companies will have a certain benchmark. They want people who are not only qualified, but people who will be able to be their ambassador, who can communicate with the rest of the world and one of the important requirements is the ability to communicate in English,” he said.

Muhyiddin said this at the launch of the Second Cyberjaya Graduate Employability Enabler (CGEE 2) today.

The CGEE is a talent development programme that empowers, trains and prepares local graduates, making them employable with high impact companies especially Cyberjaya.

Earlier in Putrajaya, Muhyiddin advised educators to always find innovative approaches to encourage student participation in the learning process.

He […]