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May 29, 2013

Malaysia | Education

Malaysian royalty all for English-medium schools

Teaching-English-in-Malaysia"The New Straits Times reports on royal support in Malaysia for schools that teach through English.

Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, the consort of the sultan of Johor, said yesterday that she would support any Education Ministry plans to set up English-medium schools.

Speaking after opening the 22nd International Conference of the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta), where she is the royal patron, she said, "Having an English-medium school will serve as an alternative for parents who want their children to be proficient in English." She cited her own experience when she went to England to study after completing her education at a national-type primary school in Malaysia.

The three-day event was held in the southern city of Johor Baru, just across the Johor Strait from Singapore, and saw the participation of 450 educators from 28 countries. Melta was formed in 1982 to promote the teaching of English in Malaysia.

Melta president Associate Professor Dr S. Ganakumaran said the focus of the event this year was to evaluate the changes in the national education system and help teachers cope with the changes.

Read the full story from the New Straits Times

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