Oral tests to aid learning of two subjects in English

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  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2003

ORAL tests in English, seen as an important component of education to ensure self-confidence among students when they converse, will be introduced in schools at all levels to help them use the language in learning Science and Mathematics. 

The National Union of the Teaching Profession hoped such tests were not just to fulfil conditions set by the Education Ministry but to also improve proficiency and conversations among students. 

NUTP secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam was quoted as saying this in a Berita Harian report in response to a statement by the ministry on Sunday that the tests would be used to evaluate the command of the English Language among students in the first years of primary and secondary schools and in Lower Six. 

West Malaysia Malay Teachers Association president Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Daud said the oral tests were vital as a means for teachers to identify students weak in English and to improve their conversational skills. 

Abdul Rahman said this was important as inability to converse well stemmed from shyness and a lack of confidence in using the English Language. 

Utusan Malaysia reported an incident where acid was thrown on the car of a Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement officer in Teluk Intan, Perak. 

The incident apparently was in connection with the increase of pirated VCD raids by the ministry’s enforcement unit in the town. 

The officer, Saiful Azman, only realised his car had been vandalised after finishing a raid at about 10.30am.  

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