A "can do" attitude must prevail by all parties concerned
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Parent groups weigh in on Dual Language Programme
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Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the Education Ministry must provide support for these pilot schools to ensure that the DLP becomes a success, but so must other stakeholders.
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Parent groups weigh in on Dual Language Programme
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Some 300 schools will be participating in the Dual Language Programme (DLP) which will commence next year to teach Science and Maths in English. The 300 represent only 3% of the schools nationwide and the Education Ministry will be closely monitoring the implementation to give additional support, if any.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8, 2015:

Several educationists have weighed in on the list of 300 schools that would be participating in the Dual Language Programme (DLP) which will commence next year.

Under this programme, these selected schools will teach Science and Maths in English at various levels.

Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the Education Ministry must provide support for these pilot schools to ensure that the DLP becomes a success, but so must other stakeholders.

“The headmasters and teachers must pursue the matter and persevere.

“Parents must give support in terms of additional intervention such as reading materials.

“A ‘can do’ attitude must be there by all parties,” she told The Rakyat Post when contacted today.

PIBG chairman Nik Faruk Fadzil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara, a participating school, said he was not expecting any serious issues to arise from the implementation of DLP for Year One pupils.

However, he said Year Four students may take some time adjusting to the syllabus as they had been studying the DLP subjects in Bahasa Malaysia prior to this.

“There could also be some teacher mobilisation issues and adjustments as teachers need to pick up the new syllabus to impart it to the students.”

Subjects involved in the pilot programme for primary schools will be Mathematics and Science for Year One and Year Four.

For secondary schools, the subjects involved are Mathematics and Science for Form One only.

The DLP is one of the ministry’s effort to strengthen English language proficiency under its Empowering Bahasa Melayu and Strengthening the English Language (MBMMBI) policy.

The programme is aimed at strengthening the usage of English, apart from giving the opportunity for students to compete globally as well as to prepare them for future careers.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit’s (Pemandu) Education and Human Capital Development director Tengku Azian Tengku Shahriman said the schools were selected because they were ready from the perspective of principals, teachers and learning resources.

“Parents have also given consent. By meeting the criteria set by the ministry, we don’t envisage any material implementation issues.”

She added schools that were not ready cannot offer DLP and the 300 schools involved represented only 3% of schools nationwide.

“Hence the ministry is able to monitor the implementation closely and give additional support, if required.”

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