Two-thirds of our 70,000 ENGLISH Teachers tested not proficient in English

Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 26, 2012, 07:48 am

  • Two-thirds of the 70,000 English teachers in Malaysia failed to reach a proficient English level, according to results of the Cambridge Placement Test.
  • Moreover, two in three students fail to meet to meet the basics in English proficiency. This was based on a comparative survey of 13,000 students' results in SPM English and Cambridge 1119 standards.
  • In relation to the curriculum and teaching in line with the strengthening of the English language, Education Ministry Deputy Director-General Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said that they have some initiatives with various non-govermental organisations (NGOs) in Malaysia.
  • Among these initiatives include English Teaching Assistant Programmes as well as contract teachers employed to teach the language.
  • In response, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) Penang branch Chairman Ng Weng Tutt said the union lauded the proposal in the Educational Blueprint for the upskilling of teachers.
  • "The upskilling of teachers is in the right direction. After five years, teachrs need to be sent for courses."
  • "We want the government to upgrade all teachers, and not only from a certain group, from time to time, and also to send them for training."
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