[lg policy] Malaysia: More Chinese and Tamil language teachers to be recruited from 2011

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 2 15:19:21 UTC 2010

More Chinese and Tamil language teachers to be recruited from 2011

Malaysia, July 1 : Eyeing upon putting into operation the Pupils Own
Language (POL) policy in around 7,000 primary schools nationwide, more
Chinese and Tamil language teachers will be recruited from the next
year.This has been done to enhance the profile of national schools and
cater to the wishes of the parents and the students wanting Chinese
and Tamil to be taught in schools. “I have directed the ministry
director-general (Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom) to ensure that schools
get the necessary teachers from next year onwards,” the star quoted
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying in a question
and answer session at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, was replying to a
question on racial segregation by choice, in reference to non-Malay
parents deciding upon sending their children to vernacular schools
instead of the national variant. Earlier on June 13, Muhyiddin spoke
in favour of the POL as it fostered unity, besides catering to the
expansion of knowledge.
Ministry sources said that only 511 primary schools had the essential
teachers to teach either one, or both, of the languages to date.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had recently announced that
the Government would allow qualified Unified Examination Certificate
holders to enter the Institute of Teacher Education. Muhyiddin had
earlier spoken on “The Role of Education in Leadership Development” at
the Perdana Discourse Series”, asserting that there was no time to
waste as Malaysia urgently needed to produce the right human capital
that would drive the economy to the next level of development. (ANI)


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