ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government will not stop any schools from conducting the Federal Governments Dual Language Programme (DLP) as long as it does not affect Bahasa Malaysia as the nation’s official language.
State Education, Information, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives committee chairman Md Jais Sarday said that the condition by the Education Ministry stressed that Bahasa Malaysia should be given priority and students should be fluent in the language.
He added that students who possess bilingual skills will have a better advantage when looking for jobs.
DLP is a programme of choice for schools that meet the criteria to conduct wholesome teaching and learning sessions in English besides Bahasa Malaysia for subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology as well as Design and Technology, he said.
He said this in reply to the questions posed by three assemblymen namely Abdullah Husin (PAS-Puteri Wangsa), Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh (BN-Jorak) and Dr Mohammad Taslim (PAS-Maharani) on the government's stand on the DLP issue and its long-term impact on Bahasa Malaysia.
He explained that schools that want to adopt the DLP should have a complete source of references such as text books, teaching aids, reference books and others to support the teaching and learning sessions.
“The schools headmasters and principals should be prepared to conduct DLP and co-operate with the district education office and state education department to come up with long and short-term plans to ensure that the quantity of teachers involved remain sufficient.
“They also have to obtain support and approval from parents for their children to be involved in the DLP session,” he said, adding that the potential schools also have to ensure that their Bahasa Malaysia results record at par or better than national average.
Md Jais added that the objective of DLP is to help students in developing their bilingual skills in accordance with the Aspirasi Murid initiative under the Malaysian Education Development plan.
He also pointed out that the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) is not similar to DLP as it is being implemented at all schools and not only at selected schools that meet a specific requirement.
The criteria given clearly shows that Bahasa Malaysia is given priority and needs to be mastered by students before a school could receive approval to implement DLP.
In January, about 300 schools nationwide implemented DLP, 15 of which were primary and secondary schools in Johor since it was implemented in 2014.