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September 13, 2013

Education | Malaysia

Malaysia: English teachers to come from India?

Teach-English-in-MalaysiaThe heated debate continues in Malaysia since a government decision to make English a compulsory must-pass subject for high schoolers by 2016, with the quality of the majority of English language teachers deemed well below the required standard.

PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) demanded to know today if Putrajaya (the federal administrative capital of Malaysia) had already inked a deal to import English teachers from India prior to announcing the National Education Blueprint, noting the short three-year notice the government had given to turn every school English-ready by 2016.

The party’s information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the decision to turn English into a must-pass subject seemed to come without any semblance of an action plan to address Malaysia’s stark shortage of qualified English teachers.

In a statement here, Tuan Ibrahim pointed out that while announcing its plans to improve English proficiency here, the government had in the same breath admitted that over 70 per cent of the country’s 60,000 English teachers had scored poorly in the English Language Cambridge Placement Test.

“This means at least two-thirds of our English teachers are considered ‘incapable’ or ‘unqualified’ to teach the subject in school,” he said.

“Is this likely to be resolved by 2016? What about the students, especially those in the rural areas, how would they prepare themselves to face a must-pass English examination from now until 2016 with the current quality of our teachers?” he added.

Read the full article from The Malay Mail.

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