KUALA LUMPUR, 9 July 2009: The government has allocated almost RM5 billion to strengthen the teaching and learning of English in schools, the Dewan Negara was told today.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry had also provided training for English teachers to help them raise students’ proficiency in English, in the wake of the cabinet’s decision yesterday to revert to the teaching of mathematics and science in Bahasa Malaysia.
“We will also include various modules like listening, speaking, writing and literature with focus on grammar. We will ensure that English proficiency means that one not only can speak the language, but can also use it correctly,” he said in reply to Senator Datuk Samsiah Samsudin today.
Mohd Puad said the government was also planning to recruit 13,933 English teachers for this purpose.
Earlier, when replying to the Senator Zaitun Mat’s original question on the number of expert English teachers placed in rural schools, Mohd Puad said that as of today, there were 9,293 excellent teachers of various grades and expertise nationwide.
“Of the total, 954 are English teachers; 622 of them are placed in secondary schools, and 332 are in primary schools, both in urban and rural areas,” he added. — Bernama