Friday, July 06, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: The online proficiency test for English teachers recently is not intended to question their ability or experience, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said it was just a professional assessment that allowed the ministry to gauge the competency levels of each and every English teacher.
“People are saying that the standard of English in Malaysia is deteriorating, therefore, we came up with the assessment to provide us with baseline data to work on.
“It is not something to embarrass the teachers,” said Wee here.
He said that no penalty would be imposed on teachers who failed the assessment.
“They (teachers) will not be punished if they don’t pass the test.
” We do not expect them to go back to school and learn.”
Wee said in order to have more competent teachers in the country, significant attention had to be given to the mastery of English.