22,500 being trained to teach English better

22,500 being trained to teach English better
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The Education Ministry is training 22,500 new teachers to help check the deteriorating standard of English among students.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the National Education Blueprint would not only focus on elevating the proficiency of English in schools but also in institutions of higher learning.

"The 22,500 teachers have to go through the Cambridge Place­ment Test to ensure that they can teach the language better," he said in reply to M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) during Question Time.

Kulasegaran had asked the ministry to state the actions being taken to promote the use of English among students in schools and institutions of higher learning.

Idris said the ministry had employed 360 English native speakers to mentor 500,000 local English teachers.

He also noted that undergraduates had to go through the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) to ensure their proficiency in the language.

On plans under the blueprint to implement a two-year learning and two-year practical training for university courses, Idris said it would make Malaysian graduates more marketable through helping them to raise their English proficiency and communication skills, among others.

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