THE NATIONAL Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) is appealing to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to consider having free intensive English language classes to increase employability among disadvantaged Malaysians.
Its secretary-general Harry Tan said these intensive English classes should be made available for those without a strong education foundation, so that they can compete in the job market.
“With the objective of increasing employee productivity, the impact of such programmes should be measured and studied to boost the future of the country’s economy, ” he said in a statement on Monday.
He also said government agencies conducting this programme should publicise and promote it to the masses.
“So that they have the opportunity to learn and participate in the programme and can master English for the purpose of improving their careers, ” he added.
Tan said English is seen as the world’s first language and allows individuals to interact easily and effectively with anyone in the world, especially in the digital age.
“Almost 99% of the information on the Internet is in English, ” he added.
“English is very important as globalisation and internationalisation have changed career structures, influenced education, skills training and challenged curriculum design in our multicultural and cosmopolitan education, ” he said.
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