Chinese language a must for trainees

Thursday June 21, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/21/nation/11519138&sec=nation

IPOH: Students aspiring to become Chinese school teachers at all 27 teachers training institutes (IPG) nationwide must take up Chinese language as an elective subject, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

This is to ensure higher quality Chinese teachers besides addressing teacher shortages, he added.

“The ruling will apply to the next batch of 490 students, of which 60 of them will be enrolled at an IPG campus in Ipoh,” he said after visiting the campus in Hulu Kinta yesterday.

In KLUANG, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chungsaid the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) had disbursed loans totalling RM44bil to almost two million students as of April.

He said the list of successful applicants for places at local universities was expected to be released next month.