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Friday September 6, 2013 MYT 2:14:34 PM
by the stareducate team
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move was in preparation for English to be a must-pass subject in the SPM from 2016.
"We're currently looking into the possibility of extending students' 'contact time' for English, and whether it would be viable to start this in single-session schools.
"Perhaps we could extend schooling hours by one or two hours; I think parents will not mind their children staying in school a bit longer instead of being involved in unproductive activities.
"For example, if we extended the schooling day by just two hours, that's an extra 10 hours a week.
"Compared with many developed countries, our schooling hours are not that long," he told reporters here on Friday, after launching the finalised version of the National Education Blueprint 2013–2025 here Friday.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, however did not specify an exact time frame for when this extension would be implemented.
Earlier in his speech, Muhyiddin said that while the ministry will continue to strengthen the role of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, equal emphasis will be given to English so as to "produce a global generation".
The preliminary report of the blueprint was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in September last year.
Aimed at producing students with attributes such as bilingual proficiency and thinking skills, the blueprint's initiatives will be implemented in three stages from this year to 2025.
Muhyiddin added that the ministry will publicly present an annual report on the progress of the blueprint's implementation.
"To enable the implementation of the blueprint, the ministry has already set up a special entity called the Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) to monitor and ensure the success of our programmes.
"PADU will apply corporate management principles (in its work)... and the Government will continue to gather public feedback through dialogue session at the end of each phase of implementation.
"All this is to make sure that we are on the right track and to see if any realignment (of the initiatives) is needed," he said in his speech.
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