I HAVE noted the many reforms in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP). Obviously, the proposed changes and development are not going to happen overnight but with determined resolve and cooperation from all stakeholders, I believe that Malaysia can do it.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the reforms would be based on six thrusts or pillars. Of particular concern to me is Pillar 4: Empowering Human Capital, where it is stated that the government will encourage more schools to adopt the Dual Language Programme (DLP).
This piqued my interest as I am in my third year of teaching English to Form One students at SMK Canossian Convent in Kluang, Johor. This is one of the 1,400 schools nationwide given the green light to teach Mathematics and Science in English under the DLP.
By the way, I am a 64-year-old retired teacher offering my voluntary services.
However, the Education Ministry has yet to come up with implementation guidelines to “encourage” schools to adopt the DLP in 2019. I hope the ministry will make it easier for schools who wish to take up the programme. I believe this will be a step in the right direction.
A survey conducted by the Education Ministry last year showed that between 18% and 95% of students in over 1,200 primary and secondary DLP schools have improved their grade in English.
I would mention also that there should be more engagement and collaboration with other stakeholders such as retired teachers who are in the PTAs and NGOs. I hope the ministry would update the schools on the status of the DLP as soon as possible (the year is about to end) so that we can continue with this programme, which has been proven to deliver results.