Concern over English teachers' quality

Concern over English teachers' quality

PETALING JAYA - Parents have expressed concerns over the proficiency level of their children's English teachers following a revelation that two-thirds of the teachers in the country are "incapable" or unfit" to teach the subject.

A parent, known only as Chan, said her nine-year-old daughter regularly complained about her English teacher making fundamental mistakes in the classroom.

"Once, her teacher repeatedly referred to a cow as a 'he'. When my daughter pointed out the mistakes, she was reprimanded. Now, she just keeps quiet in class and laughs about such incidents at home.

"I speak English to my children and try to encourage them to read as much as possible during their leisure time but I feel sorry for those who don't have parental guidance at home," said the lawyer.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had said on Tuesday that two-thirds of English language teachers in the country were "incapable" or "unfit" to teach the subject in schools.

Although he did not state the number of such teachers, Idris said the ministry had already taken measures to address the matter and was considering sending them abroad to take up Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) courses.

Businessman Imran Malik claimed that his son's secondary school English teacher had actively discouraged his interest in the subject.

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