THE Dual-Language Programme (DLP) is aimed at increasing the fluency of English among students, but will not jeopardise the standing of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan (pic).
The DLP allows students the option of studying several subjects in either English or Bahasa Malaysia.
Responding to a question from Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah-Kota Raja), he emphasised that the programme was voluntary and that concerned Malay language activists need not fear for the status of the national language.
“This programme is about increasing the fluency of English, but Bahasa Malaysia will not be neglected,” he said.
Schools have a choice whether to implement this programme and even then, they must fulfil four criteria – enough resources, a head who can implement the programme, requests from the parents and the same or better results than the national average in these subjects.
Kamalanathan added that requests from schools wanting to implement the DLP had been more than expected, and the results were encouraging.