KOTA KINABALU: It will be made compulsory to pass English in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) once teachers and students are ready.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in the meantime, parents, teachers and students must work together to improve the standard of English in the country.
“This is just one of the measures we are looking into to improve our education system and create a more competitive society,” he said at the launch of the Guru Muda 1Malaysia tour here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said in line with this, an allocation of RM38.7bil has been set aside, with RM500mil to train teachers in core subjects such as English, Bahasa Melayu, Science, and Mathematics.
Muhyiddin also announced a RM10mil allocation for school repairs in the Pensiangan district, Bernama reported.
“The Barisan Nasional government is always concerned about the welfare of rural students.
“We shall not neglect them,” he said at a gathering with the people in Nabawan yesterday.
He also announced a RM5mil allocation for the construction of a sports and recreation centre in the district.
Expressing his hope for continuous support for the Government, he added that if Barisan were to win, the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) would continue.
“Without Barisan, there would be no BR1M. It would be like rejecting a windfall,” he said.
Muhyiddin advised the people to support Barisan, regardless of who was contesting in the coming general election, adding that all of them were winnable candidates capable of serving the community.
[Source : The Star Online]