Piloting English-medium schools


WE refer to the reports “Bring back English-medium schools” (The Star, Nov 20), “It’s about time, says group” and “Abdul Rahman all for English schools, but wants more feedback” (Nov 21). The people of Johor have finally spoken up in support of their Sultan and Raja Permaisuri for such schools to be reintroduced into the national education system.

Political will does exist to pilot English-medium schools as is evidenced by the desire for a radical approach towards English language proficiency which is stated in Phase Two of the transformational Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025). For a start, the teachers as well as English language teachers in Johor are of high calibre. If the Johor State Education Department is to focus on delivering an English-medium school in every district, this is quite feasible.

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