KUALA LUMPUR: The teaching of English in schools took a centre stage at an open dialogue on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report at the Kuala Lumpur Urban Transformation Centre, Pudu Sentral here on Saturday.
Education deputy general-director (education policy and development sector) Dr Amin Senin said participants were concerned about the quality of teaching method, syllabus and proficiency of English teachers in teaching the language.
"To allay parents and guardians' fears, the quality of English language teaching should be improved to ensure that students can master the language," he told reporters after the dialogue.
Amin, who is a panel member, said the input and feedback would be brought to a special committee chaired Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, for scrutiny.
"If the proposals and feedback can lead to an improvement in the quality of education, we are willing to incorporate them in the report," he said.
He said another dialogue would be held at the same venue on a date to be announced later following requests from stakeholders for a bigger hall to be provided for the discussion to accommodate more participants.
Similar dialogues will be held at the Johor Education Department, Johor Baharu, the Kelantan Trade Centre, Kota Baharu (both on Oct 13), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (later this month), Kuching and Suria Sabah, Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu (both on Oct 20).
Amin said the public could also post their proposals online from laptops provided at the venues of the dialogue.
The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 preliminary report, which aimed at transforming the country's education system, was launched byPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 11. - Bernama