[lg policy] Malaysia: Dual language programme not policy, says minister

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 20:39:37 UTC 2015


Dual language programme not policy, says minister

*BY YASMIN RAMLAN*

Published: 28 October 2015 4:14 PM

[image: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid says the Dual Language
Programme will be implemented in schools that are ready to adopt it next
year. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2015.]Education Minister
Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid says the Dual Language Programme will be
implemented in schools that are ready to adopt it next year. – The
Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2015.The Dual Language Programme (DLP)
is not a policy like the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics
in English (PPSMI), said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said the DLP would only be implemented in selected schools next year and
have the agreement of groups such as Parent and Teacher Associations.

"It is a programme, not policy. A programme which will have two languages
for schools that are ready," he told reporters at the Shah Alam Convention
today.

On the reason only Year One and Year Four pupils would be involved in the
programme, Mahdzir said this was because it was a pioneer project and to
date only 300 schools were ready to adopt it.

The Star Online reported today that the programme will be carried out
gradually starting with 20 to 30 schools instead of all 300 at once.

Under the programme, schools would be given a chance to teach in either
English or Bahasa Malaysia to pupils in Year One and Year Four.

In last Friday's Budget 2016 announcement, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Razak said the programme was part of the government's efforts to uphold
Bahasa Malaysia and strengthen the usage of English. – October 28, 2015.
- See more at:
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dual-language-programme-not-policy-says-minister#sthash.xHLeowl4.dpuf


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