PETALING JAYA - Society, especially parents, has been urged to play a bigger role in the teaching of English language.
Teach For Malaysia co-founder and managing director Dzameer Dzulkifli said the problem of incompetent English teachers began at the recruitment stage, where those without proper qualifications were hired.
"Apparently most of the English-speaking Malaysians are from urban areas or from middle-income groups. Only a small part of this group wants to be teachers," he said.
"So, it is the society which is at fault, and not the ministry," he said.
The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the solution to the problem had to come from a concerted effort from the society, especially parents.
"The immediate solution would be to use 1BestariNet, which is already in effect in several schools," she said, adding that she had observed many students from rural schools interacting with their peers in urban schools via the GoogleHangout application.
1BestariNet is an initiative to provide Internet connection in schools.
Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin echoed Dzameer's view that the best way to address the issue was by choosing those who have good command of English.
He said a mentor system should be introduced in schools where more experienced teachers could guide the less experienced ones.