The Education Ministry has no problem with leaders from any state in the country urging the people to master the English language.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would in fact continue to support any effort and programme towards this direction.
“We certaintly want our young people to master not only English but Bahasa Malaysia, even French, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese.
“By being multi-lingual, they can participate in the international arena in any field,” he told the media after attending the official opening of the new building of the SK Matu Baru in Kampung Bintawa Hilir, near here today.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar represented Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in declaring open the RM19.9 million project.
“I agree with the decision by Adenan to step up the usage of English in the state. When our young people are very fluent in English, they can venture off our shores in search of jobs, knowledge or business the world over,” he said.
On the same matter, he said two new initiatives namely the “Dual language Programme” and the “Highly Immersive Programme” would be launched in schools nationwide when the school season begins next year.
“Costing a total of RM38.5 million, these pilot programmes are to strengthen the teaching of English in Mathematics and Science or in a Skill subject. It will be implemented optionally though.
“We will start with around 300 schools in the country that are ready for them.
“The teachers must be ready and the parents must also be ready. Most of these schools are in the urban areas but we can also extend to those schools in the rural areas which are ready,” he said