PUTRAJAYA – The Education Ministry is constantly studying the need to upgrade programmes to enable teachers and students to master English as it is a compulsory pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination from next year.
Second Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said programmes to improve teachers and students’ English proficiency were being implemented in earnest, and significant improvement in terms of confidence and teaching techniques could be seen.
“However, we are constantly reviewing the programmes that are being implemented to be upgraded in order to create a balance in each initiative taken,” he said at a press conference after visiting the Pro-ELT (Professional Up-skilling of English Language Teachers) training centre, here, today.
The Pro-ELT or programme to strengthen the level of teaching of English is among several initiatives proposed by the special laboratory created by the Education Ministry.
Other initiatives include the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programme, Native Speakers Programme, Teach for Malaysia (TFM) Programme and rehiring of retired English language teachers.
“So far, 14,000 teachers have participated in the Pro-ELT programme, 1,500 are being trained, while a total of 7,000 teachers will be trained in stages until April 2016,” said Idris.
He said equipping teachers with English language skills was the best way to prepare students for the SPM examination.
Idris said the ministry would give more focus on 1,191 schools that had been identified as poor in English proficiency out of the 1,800 schools involved in the Native Speakers Programme. – BERNAMA