Aye to English Language roadmap


  • Education
  • Sunday, 04 Sep 2016

Learning enhancement: Mahdzir holding up a copy of the roadmap while his deputy Datuk P. Kamalanathan Iooks on with the ministry’s secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad (left) and education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof (right). — Bernama

IF the roadmap benefits the teachers and ultimately the students, then we’re all for it, said Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) president Prof Dr S. Ganakumaran.

“I think anything that’s proactive and forward-looking in a strategic way is good.”

Prof Ganakumaran was commenting on the English Language Roadmap 2015-2025 launched by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid on Tuesday.

Mahdzir said the ministry has come up with a roadmap to continue enhancing English proficiency among teachers and students.

“The roadmap will serve as a guide for teachers to ensure students achieve proficiency levels aligned to international standards,” he said.

The roadmap, he said, focused mainly on the country’s 40,000 English teachers.

However, Prof Ganakumaran warned that although the roadmap looks good on paper, “delivery is the one that lets us down.”

There should be adequate support to ensure the programme can be carried out properly on the ground, he said.

“It will be interesting to see how the ministry ensures that the people who are going to receive the training are motivated and driven to be trained,” he said, adding that this will be the biggest challenge in terms of implementation for the authorities.

“Hopefully this time, we get it right.”

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said: “We are optimistic and believe that the minister is serious in addressing teacher weakness.”

Noor Azimah also said that the most important aspect of the roadmap is its efficacy and outcome.

She added that even with the roadmap in place, students and parents should also pursue other ways to improve their English language proficiency such as reading, watching English programmes and singing.

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