[NEW UPDATE] Perkasa Says Make All Rural Schools English Ready by 2014

Now, Malaysian school-leavers must pass English to get their SPM cert. Muhyiddin made the announcement while finalising the National Education Blueprint 2013–2025 on 6 September 2013.

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Malay rights group Perkasa says must-pass English course will create problems for students in rural Malaysia

Malay rights group Perkasa has urged the Education Ministry to hire English speaking teachers and provide English reading material at all the public schools by next year. The request was driven by Malaysian government’s decision to make English a compulsory passing subject.

Echoing the sentiments of the Malay Consultative Council (MPM), Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said they agreed with the government's decision to make it a compulsory passing subject as English is the world's tongue and the language of knowledge.

“To ensure Bumiputera students in rural areas are not left behind, the Education Ministry must make sure every rural school has sufficient trained teachers in English, English books and reading materials to help the students.

English as a 'wajib lulus' subject in SPM, 2016 onwards

English as a 'wajib lulus' subject in SPM, 2016 onwards

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English will be made a mandatory subject for SPM middle secondary examinations from 2016, according to Putrajaya’s Education Development Master Plan 2013-2025 launched today.

Pengumuman itu dibuat Menteri Pendidikan,Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (gambar) sempena pelancaran Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025 di Kuala Lumpur pada 6 September 2013.

Muhyiddin said students who fail the English Language subject would have the option of re-sitting the paper in July, after the announcement of the SPM results.

How will Muhyiddin improve the standard of English among students? He says students may have to stay extra hours in school

English is Now a Must-Pass Subject for SPM

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"We're currently looking into the possibility of extending students' 'contact time' for English, and whether it would be viable to start this in single-session schools.

"Compared with many developed countries, our schooling hours are not that long," he told reporters here on Friday, after launching the finalised version of the National Education Blueprint 2013–2025 here Friday.

"We will focus on the weak students by providing tuition and extra classes at selected schools to the students that we feel need our intervention.

Muhyiddin will not abolish vernacular schools and BM lesson times are to increase

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government and vernacular Chinese education groups had agreed that the lesson time for Bahasa Malaysia would be increased from 180 to 240 minutes for pupils in Years Four, Five and Six in vernacular schools.

“The existence of vernacular schools is also safeguarded by the Education Act 1996 (Section 28) and I would like to state here that right to practise mother-tongue education in these schools has never been denied,” Muhyiddin said at the launch of the 13-year education blueprint for 2013-2025.

The topic of education and race remains sensitive in Malaysia as Malay groups consistently blame the existence of vernacular schools as the reason for racial polarisation.

Under the first wave of the National Education Blueprint (NEB), 61,000 English teachers are being retrained nationwide

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan visiting a class after launching the state-level Strengthen the English Language Literacy and Proficiency programme at SK Kampung Baru Sirusa in Port Dickson yesterday.

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Aimed at producing students with attributes such as bilingual proficiency and thinking skills, the blueprint's initiatives will be implemented in three stages from this year to 2025.

"Now under the first wave of the (three waves) Malaysia Education Blueprint Plan (2013-2015), we are retraining 61,000 English Language teachers from primary and secondary schools nationwide to be more skillful in the language.

The National Educational Blueprint aims to greatly increase the quality of the Malaysian education system. Highlights:

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today launched the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, describing it as the most comprehensive and biggest manifestation of government transformation in getting the best returns in human capital to drive all national development aspirations.

He said the blueprint was developed for the sake of the future of Malaysian children who were invaluable assets for this blessed land as the nation's progress would be placed in their hands.

It includes revamping the school curriculum by 2017, an emphasis on learning maths and science in Bahasa Malaysia and raising the standard of English as a second language.

The Education Ministry aspires to ensure universal access and full enrolment of all children from preschool through to upper secondary school level by 2020.

Malaysia to be in the top third of countries in terms of performance in international assessments, as measured by outcomes in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) within 15 years.

From 2013, to ensure that the entry bar for teachers is raised to be amongst the top 30 per cent of graduates. Ensure that teachers enjoy a reduced administrative burden so that they can focus the majority of their time on their core function of teaching

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