MALAYSIA: EDUCATION MINISTRY WANTS QUALITY, WORLD-CLASS ENGLISH TEACHERS

NILAI, Malaysia � The education ministry wants English Teachers nationwide to master the language and reach a C2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Minister, Mahdzir Khalid said this would ensure the standard of teaching and learning of the English Language in the country were on par with international standards.

To date, 20,000 or 52 per cent of English teachers in primary and secondary schools have attained C1 and C2 of the CEFR.

“So, we want the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) to continue playing a role in improving the level of mastery and quality of writing and communication of English Language teachers in an effort to produce students who are proficient in the language and can compete globally, he said.

Mahdzir was speaking to reporters after launching the ELTC campus and opening of the Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) Colloquium here yesterday.

Also present were Education Deputy Minister Chong Sin Woon; Education director-general Dr Khair Mohamad and ELTC director Dr Mohamed Abu Bakar.

Commenting further, Mahdzir said the launch of the ELTC campus was a historic moment for the ministry as it was the sole institution responsible for heading the English Language education system in the country.

This centre shows that the government is serious in efforts to improve the quality of English Language teachers in schools, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK