Forget Brits, hire our own retired teachers


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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

I read with disgust the move by the Government to allocate RM228mil, all in the name of improving the proficiency level of English, “English boost” (The Star, Dec 30).  

What really beats me is how seemingly intelligent ministers make superbly silly decisions. 

Why on earth do we need Brits to teach our kids English? If only someone would care to take a peek at the number of qualified English teachers who have retired and opt to teach at tuition centres for some pocket money and to use their time wisely. 

Why can’t part of the RM228mil be used to hire our very own local retired English teachers?  

By employing suitably qualified locals, not only do we do ourselves a favour by keeping the money in the country, but we are also assured of skills, expertise and maturity on the part of teachers.  

Why do we have to keep looking to the West for help when everything is right under our nose?  

 

JOANNE G 

Kuala Lumpur  

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