KUALA LUMPUR: All parties should work together to ensure the success of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) in schools, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon (pic) said.
In reiterating that DLP was not a blanket policy, Chong called upon certain groups not to stage demonstrations for the sake of opposing the pilot project involving 300 schools.
“It is a very flexible policy and participating schools must first meet several criteria.
“We will monitor closely the development and progress of students before expanding to more schools next year,” he told The Star at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
During the tabling of Budget 2016, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that DLP would be offered in 300 schools.
These schools will have the option to teach Science, Mathematics, Information Technology and Communication, and Design and Technology in English or Bahasa Malaysia.
Among others, participating schools must have proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malaysia, as well as parents who are supportive of the programme.
Chong said those against the DLP should not worry too much as not all schools would be forced to take part.
He said in fact, many schools had come forward to apply and be part of the DLP but were rejected after failing to meet the criteria.
On the aspect of safety in schools, Chong said it would be good if police could be deployed during rush hour to control and ensure smoother traffic flow. He added Rela personnel could also be roped in to help in the task in certain hot spots and very congested areas.
“I urge parents and road users to be patient and slow down near schools to prevent more tragedies involving students.
“School authorities should also increase awareness among students to be more alert and look after themselves when school ends,” he said, adding that parents who could afford should take up insurance coverage for their children.
Presently, students sent out on field trips and curricular activities were provided coverage.
Recently, two Form One students were killed outside their school in Cheras by a runaway lorry while another student lost both her legs in an accident in Sabak Bernam.
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