SHAH ALAM: The implementation of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) will be expanded to all schools under the Malaysia Education Blueprint, says Chong Sin Woon.
The Deputy Education Minister said increasing efforts to enhance English literacy among students would be given priority under the Second Wave (2016-2020).
“To prepare for this, the ministry has been training English teachers for the past two years to increase the standard in teaching the language.
“According to the First Wave report, our efforts have paid off,” he said during a press conference at the National English Unity Carnival closing ceremony at HELP University’s Subang 2 campus here yesterday.
Chong said although many schools had applied to implement the DLP, they did not meet the ministry’s requirements to conduct the programme.
He said the ministry was also looking forward to see schools conducting more Highly Immersive Programmes in which activities were required to be conducted purely in English.
“Simple schooling activities such as assembly and co-curriculum activities conducted fully in English will enable students to have more opportunities to be exposed to the language,” he said.
He added that such exposures would help students improve their command in the language.
Chong said it was important to master English because the language was used in most courses in both private and public higher learning institutions.
“Mastering English will help students in a smooth transition into their tertiary education,” he said.
Chong also stressed that the implementation of DLP would not affect Bahasa Melayu, saying that it was still the country’s national language.
“The ministry will not force schools to implement the DLP.
“DLP is not a new policy but a move to help improve the standard of English,” he said.
To implement the DLP, several guidelines must be adhered to such as written consent from parents and guardians and enough facilities and teachers to teach in English.