SPM English must pass projection too severe
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100,000 SPM failures if English compulsory, says deputy minister
Published: 21 November 2015 10:58 AM

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan says most rural students' exposure to English is just the 30 minutes for a lesson in the classroom, hence their weakness in the subject.
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100,000 SPM failures if English compulsory, says deputy minister

Published: 21 November 2015 10:58 AM

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan says most rural students' exposure to English is just the 30 minutes for a lesson in the classroom, hence their weakness in the subject. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 21, 2015.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan says most rural students' exposure to English is just the 30 minutes for a lesson in the classroom, hence their weakness in the subject. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 21, 2015.

The Education Ministry shelved its plans to make English a compulsory subject from this year's SPM examinations due to the high number of failures expected, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported yesterday.

Its deputy minister P. Kamalanathan told the regional broadcaster his officers had tested out the potential scenario with implementing the policy this year and found out that 25% of the students would fail English.

“If English was a compulsory subject this year, 2015, we would have had about 25% of the students failing SPM.

“We have about 400,000 students sitting for the examination. A 25% failure rate would give us about 100,000 of students not being able to get their certificates. That's a concern,” Kamalanathan was quoted as saying by CNA.

Former education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had first announced the compulsory SPM English pass policy two years ago but this move was reversed in August, a few weeks after he was sacked from the Cabinet.

According to Kamalanathan, many students reportedly do not speak English outside the classroom and have problem communicating confidently.

"You go to a remote area or a rural area, the only English they get is probably the 30 minutes of lessons in the classroom. That's the only English the child gets.

“The moment the child leaves the classroom, there's no English, so we need to strengthen and increase the number of hours and minutes spent on the English language in classrooms and that's what we're doing right now.”

It was reported previously that the ministry also planned to recruit trained English teachers from India to raise the competency level of local English teachers.

“It had been on the ministry's agenda to bring in trained teachers from India in the near future, to improve command of the language in rural schools in the country,” he had said.

Meanwhile, the government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) highlighted several worrying statistics to drive home the need for better English proficiency, including a survey which found that 68% of employers have previously turned down a potential new hire due to poor command of the language. – November 21, 2015.

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