Parents provide feedback at open dialogue on national education blueprint

Sunday October 7, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/7/nation/12137584&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The teaching of English in schools took centre stage at an open dialogue on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report at the Kuala Lumpur Urban Transformation Centre, Pudu Sentral, here.

Education deputy director-general (education policy and development sector) Dr Amin Senin said participants were concerned over the quality of teaching methods, syllabus and proficiency of English teachers in teaching the language.

“To allay parents and guardians’ fears, the quality of English language teaching should be improved to ensure that students can master the language,” he said after the dialogue.

Dr Amin said the feedback would be brought to a special committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, for scrutiny, reported Bernama.

“If the proposals and feedback can lead to an improvement in the quality of education, we will incorporate them in the report,” he added.

He said another dialogue would be held at the same venue on a date to be announced following requests from stakeholders for a bigger hall to be provided for the discussion to accommodate more participants.

Similar dialogues will be held at the Johor Education Department in Johor Baru and the Kelantan Trade Centre in Kota Baru (both on Oct 13), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (later this month), and Kuching and Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu (both on Oct 20).

Dr Amin said the public could also post their proposals online from computers provided at the venues of the dialogue.

At a similar dialogue with Education director-general Tan Sri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud in Penang, parents raised their concern that the blueprint did not address the issue on the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English.

They also questioned whether there would still be enough professionally trained teachers to conduct the subjects in English until 2019.

The education blueprint, which aims at transforming the country’s education system, was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 11.

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