Thursday, 6 October 2016
PUTRAJAYA: Eight hundred and forty one schools are expected to implement the Dual Language Programme (DLP) next year, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.
“This programme will be extended to schools that wish to apply and have fulfilled the requirements set out by the ministry.
“This is not the final figure as there are more schools appealing to be a part of the programme,” he told a press conference at his office yesterday after he received a memorandum from the United School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).
Under DLP, schools would be given the option to teach Science, Mathematics, Information Technology and Communication, and Design and Technology in English or Bahasa Malaysia.
On the memorandum, Dong Zong chairman Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau Lee Ming said it was not suitable for Chinese vernacular schools to carry out the DLP programme on the basis that the usage of the schools’ mother tongue should be maintained.
“If we carry out DLP in Chinese schools, it will affect the students’ mother tongue.
“We also feel that students should communicate in their mother tongue in order to be receptive towards their lessons,” said Lau.
He said Dong Zong had carried out a campaign to collect signatures from all 1,298 Chinese schools, adding that to date, 1,004 schools had signed.
“We have asked the schools’ board of management and parent-teacher associations to pledge that the DLP will not be carried out in their schools,” Lau said.
Chong emphasised the DLP was not a policy implemented in all schools, saying that it was under the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening the English Language project to improve the English proficiency of students.
“Therefore, there is no element of coercion in implementing the DLP.
“Schools that do not wish to carry out the programme will not be forced to do so by the ministry,” he said.
Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said last year the DLP would only be offered to national schools that meet three criteria – proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malaysia, and parents who are supportive of the programme.
Dr Khair said vernacular schools could take part in the programme as long as they met the Bahasa Malaysia mastery levels set by the Education Ministry.
Chong said not all schools that apply will be approved to carry out the DLP.
“Even if a school has been approved to implement the programme, we will decide how many classes will be conducted in English,” he said, adding that the ministry did not have a target in implementing the programme.
On the Highly Immersive Programme, which is aimed at strengthening English by increasing usage hours outside the classroom, Chong said this will be implemented in all schools.
Sumber: The Star Online – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/10/06/841-schools-expected-to-implement-dlp/