SEPANG: The Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) will forward a proposal to the Education Ministry to implement Bahasa Melayu competency tests for foreign students at local higher learning institutions.
DBP Director-General Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan said courses for Bahasa Melayu Compentency Certificate for Foreigners (SKBMW) were currently being developed and could be implemented as early as September next year if approved by Cabinet.
He said SKBMW entailed courses and examinations for foreign language speakers, especially students and workers who were staying in the country.
Awang said the test was aimed at measuring a foreigner’s command and mastery of the widely-spoken language.
â€œThe programme could also be used to evaluate the command of the language for those in foreign countries who needed to be qualified for fields related to the Malay civilisation,â€ he told a press conference at a hotel here, this afternoon.
Awang said this after signing a memorandum of understanding with the National Examinations Council on the development of SKBMW.
Also present was DBP Governing Board Member Prof. Datuk Dr Asmah Omar and National Examinations Council Chief Executive Dr Jamil Adimin.
Awang said the courses and examinations will be jointly conducted by DBP and the examinations council.
He said the basic Bahasa Melayu course would take about one semester to complete and would not be made a prerequisite for entry into local institutions before the pilot project for its implementation was completed.-NST