EDUCATION: Start kids on English early

Email Print 03 October 2012 | last updated at 07:37AM

By Phil Rashid, Shah Alam, Selangor | letters@nstp.com.my 0 comments

EDUCATION can only be improved by a total adoption of the English language as a learning tool in government schools.
I urge those who have children in primary school to help them write and speak the English language well.
I am sure they would like their children to become professionals in medicine, engineering and other fields, with a global outlook. This has to start with their primary education.
The government recently relaxed certain rules to allow parents, who normally would send their children to government schools, to send them to international schools instead.
English-speaking standards are dropping across the country.
It does not help that English newspapers are not sold proportionately.
In my area, one outlet receives 30 English newspapers while another, 2km away, receives five, if it is lucky.
This situation does not encourage people to read English newspapers.
Local schools are supplied with Bahasa Malaysia newspapers. The government has to redress this problem by giving extra funds to schools to help teachers, especially those teaching English, to buy English newspapers.
Schools should make full use of computer rooms as these would go a long way in helping to motivate pupils to learn.
There are many programmes online that can assist young learners in both writing and vocal management.
I understand that some people fear that concentrating on English would weaken their command of Bahasa Malaysia.
But I think re-enforcing a second language, such as English, will serve to improve the comprehension needed in both languages.
If we want the best for our children’s future, we must provide the best for them now itself.

Read more: EDUCATION: Start kids on English early – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-start-kids-on-english-early-1.151848#ixzz28CQCIUU3

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