MUAR, 11 June 2009: Johor Umno has supported a proposal to make English a compulsory passing subject to obtain a full certificate in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
Chairperson Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said, however, that the English syllabus has to be revamped, and teachers equipped with adequate skills.
“With a structured syllabus, students, including those from rural areas, will be able to have good command of English. This is because they have spent 11 years before sitting for SPM.
“However, students from rural areas may not be able to have good command of English if the syllabus is not revamped,” he said here today.
The Johor menteri besar said a revamp of the syllabus is important as students are being taught English as a communication language with little focus on grammar and vocabulary. — Bernama