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Sunday September 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday September 8, 2013 MYT 7:07:29 AM
PETALING JAYA: The decision to make English a compulsory pass subject in SPM from 2016 has been lauded and the MCA expresses its support for the newly-launched Malaysia Education Blueprint.
The party had always advocated English as a compulsory pass subject for SPM and Literature in English should also be made a compulsory learning subject in schools, said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
“Although the Deputy Prime Minister had proposed to increase the schooling hours for longer English periods, we urge the Education Ministry to design a comprehensive and viable English syllabus so that students will not be burdened in their learning,” he said.
Dr Chua noted that while the MCA agreed with strengthening the command of Bahasa Malaysia and English, vernacular education should not be neglected.
“Therefore, we are glad that Mandarin and Tamil are also accepted as the third languages, which students are encouraged to learn after Bahasa Malaysia and English.
“We are also delighted that remove class will be retained because this will allow vernacular primary students to learn Bahasa Malaysia better before secondary education, which mainly uses the national language,” Dr Chua said.
He said it was important for the next generation to be multilingual, especially in mastering the world’s universal language, so that they could be more competitive in the international arena.
“Malaysia, as a multiracial and a developing nation aiming to achieve Vision 2020, cannot afford to lose out in this aspect and it is natural for its people to be proficiently multilingual,” he said.
However, on the mention of 240 minutes of Bahasa Malaysia periods a week for vernacular primary schools, Dr Chua maintained that the ideal duration should be 210 minutes a week.
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