KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is training more teachers to meet the increasing demand for the implementation of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) in schools.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan (pic) said that there were currently 4,782 teachers from primary and secondary schools nationwide who were qualified to carry out the DLP programme.
"On top of that, we are currently training 2,792 more teachers - 1,204 from primary schools and 1,588 from secondary schools. This shows that the ministry is ready to accommodate the increasing demand to implement the DLP," he said in reply to Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (Amanah - Kuala Krai) at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.
Dr Mohd Hatta had questioned the alleged shortage of teachers who were qualified to teach in English and whether that had hampered efforts to introduce the DLP in more schools.
DLP is a programme of choice for schools that meet the criteria to fully use English in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
To date, 1,214 schools nationwide have participated in the programme, with 394 of these being located in rural areas.
Kamalanathan said earlier that the ministry was conducting online courses for teachers to provide them with the proficiency and instructional skills to teach Maths and Science in English.
He added that textbook for these subjects had also been translated into English, while additional teaching aids had been distributed to all schools involved in the programme.
DLP was introduced in January 2016 to an initial 300 schools that met four main conditions of the programme.
The conditions are that schools must have adequate resources and reference materials, principals and teachers who are prepared to implement the programme, demand and support from parents, as well as a higher than average performance in Bahasa Malaysia for UPSR and SPM examinations.