KUALA LIPIS, Oct 27 – The Education Ministry will review the role of schools where non-Malay students still fail to master Bahasa Melayu, as revealed by a recent study. Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the disclosure by Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong from the Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), that there were many non-Malay students who could not speak Malay even though some of them had passed the subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, was serious.
In this regard, he said he would be meeting with Teo soon to look at the study made by him. “We will take the information on what was actually revealed in the newspapers and we need to see what actually happened, where it happened and why it happened. “A study will be carried out on the role of the schools where the students had studied after we get the details,” he told reporters after launching the education sector-level of the National Language Month 2014 celebration at the Institute of Teacher Education, Tengku Ampuan Afzan campus, here, today.
Last Saturday, the press quoted Teo as saying that 604 of the 14,000 trainees in the 2010 National Service Training Programme could not speak Malay even though some of them had passed the subject in the SPM examination. Teo also claimed that the number of young non-Malays who failed to speak the national language might increase in the future as almost 90 per cent of them studied in national-type schools (SJK).
On the differences in the standard of teaching and learning Bahasa Melayu in national and national-type schools, Idris said the matter was serious and would be handled through the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Through the blueprint, the introduction of the Standard Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) was initiated to coordinate teaching and learning standards in all schools.