Malaysia's Dual Language Programme to be launched in phases

Malaysia's Dual Language Programme to be launched in phases

BANGI - The Dual Language Programme (DLP) will not be launched simultaneously in the 300 selected schools.

The pilot programme will be carried out in stages, with maybe 20 or 30 schools to go ahead first.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said dialogues were still being held with the schools before the programme was to be implemented next year.

"The schools need to be ready, and the parents must be agreeable to having Science and Mathematics taught in both languages (Bahasa Malaysia and English)," he told reporters during his visit to the Institute of Teacher Education Islamic Studies Campus in Bangi yesterday.

Under the programme schools will be given the option to teach Science and Mathematics in English or Bahasa Malaysia to Year One and Year Four pupils.

When tabling Budget 2016, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the programme would be offered in 300 schools.

The programme is part of the Government's ongoing efforts to uphold Bahasa Malaysia while strengthening the usage of the English Language.

On another matter Mahdzir said he would like to see the institute become the centre of excellence for teacher training.

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