Govt to consider making English ‘must pass’ subject in spm

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Posted on February 24, 2013, Sunday

KOTA KINABALU: The government will study the possibility of making English Language a must pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin however said the proposal would only be implemented when the students and the learning system were ready.

“Although many people told me English learning in schools is good, some say it is not enough and there should be efforts to upgrade English proficiency among students.

“Maybe not long from now, we will make English a must pass subject in SPM,” he said at ‘Himpunan Guru Muda Malaysia’ also attended by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at Likas Sports Complex, near here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the ministry would ensure that English option teachers can make children master the language like those in developed countries.

“The same goes for Science, Mathematics and Bahasa Melayu. Attention will also be given to these subjects,” said the Education Minister.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had allocated RM500 million under the National Education Development Plan to train teachers in Bahasa Melayu, English, Science and Mathematics.

“These four subjects are priority while the others will be implemented later. This is the great challenge facing Guru Muda 1Malaysia.”

He said 49.5 per cent of teachers nationwide are between 21 and 35 years and have a big role in determining the success of the education system.

“Sabah and Sarawak are big  states with a scattered population. Teachers have to be committed and brave to cross rivers and travel for hours under  difficult conditions.”

Muhyiddin said the government formulated the National Education Development Plan (2013-2025) in three waves in order to enhance competitiveness in education.

“What we will go through is quite extraordinary. Many countries had tried to be successful in education but only a handful had succeeded.

“We are making a bold step because for us nothing is impossible. If Malaysia wants to become a developed, successful and great nation, then our system must also be the best,” he added. — Bernama

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