KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 – Gerakan has welcomed the education ministry’s initiative to implement the Dual Language Programme (DLP) as a concrete model of local participation and capacity building in education. However, its education bureau chairman, Lau Chin Hoon said ample space and flexibility were required for fair and efficient implementation of the programme.
“We clearly understand and recognise the importance of the English language and the urgency to raise its standard. However, we must be cautious in implementing it since its mastery really depends on the socio-economic background of students,” he said in a statement here today.
In addition, he said parental roles and encouragement should also be internalised into the programme as it would play an added role in boosting the outcome of the programme. Lau, who is also state assemblyman for Pemanis, Johor supported the flexibility as offered in the DLP where students were given the option of choosing to study Mathematics and Science in English.
He said it shows the government’s due consideration on language mastery skills and the socio-economic background of students. The flexibility as offered in the DLP was the first step towards global educational standards where students were given a choice on their education, he added.
Recently, Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad said 296 schools nationwide had implemented the DLP since January. Under the DLP, the English language is used fully in the teaching and learning of Science, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.