English language education roadmap already in place to boost proficiency, says Education Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: A roadmap for English language education has been prepared to boost proficiency among teachers and students, says Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

This is in response to a question from Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam), who had asked the Education Ministry to explain the effective measures taken to reform the national education system so that it is more competitive, prioritise science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as to improve English proficiency among students.

In a Parliamentary written reply, Fadhlina said that the ministry had specifically prepared the Roadmap for English Language Education in Malaysia (2015-2025).

"The plan aims to detail the much needed changes in the teaching of English language in a more systemic and systematic manner to ensure that (our) English language level is at par with global standards," she said.

In terms of prioritising STEM education, the ministry had also taken into account the students' aspiration through several steps, she added.

These include by trying to increase students' interest through new teaching and learning (PdP) approaches and strengthening curriculum, noted Fadhlina.

The Ministry has taken steps to improve the skills and capabilities of teachers teaching the language as well as to boost awareness on STEM among students and the public.

She stressed that the ministry will continue to make reforms in the national education system based on the long-term Malaysia Education Development Plan 2025.

"The plan is developed with the aim of transforming the national education system within a period of 13 years," she added.

Among its main focus is to produce students capable of competing at the global level, she said.

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