KUCHING: Not many students in Sarawak speak English outside the classroom.
State Assistant Minister in the Chief Ministers Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah said most students only spoke the language during the English period.
We still have a long way to go in improving the standard of English, especially in rural schools. The attitude of students that English is a difficult subject contributes to the
situation we are now facing, she said when launching a young reporters programme at the state library here yesterday.
Fatimah, a former teacher, said most school libraries did not have enough reading material in English.
She said as newspapers were the most popular reading material among the people, they could help in improving proficiency among students.
Fatimah said those who wished to become journalists must be proficient in English, have good general knowledge, be skilful in asking questions and getting information and love writing.