KOTA KINABALU, April 26 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Kadazandusun Murut Welfare
and Education Association (Pekadin) described the move by the Education Ministry
to train 10,000 English language teachers this year to raise their competency in
teaching the subject, as appropriate and should be supported by all.
Pekadin advisor Latif Kandok said this showed that the Federal government
was sincere and serious about improving the professionalism of English language
lecturers and teachers in the country.
In this respect, he hoped for more trained English teachers to be posted to
rural schools in Sabah, thus helping to upgrade students'' general English
"All this while, we have a problem to raise the level of Engish proficiency
in these areas because of a lack of trained English teachers.
"Pekadin believes, with the increased number of trained English teachers in
the country, rural schools in Sabah should be able to share the fruits of the
noble efforts of the government in line with the 1Malaysia concept which
prioritises among others the interests of the rural people," he told Bernama,
Latif was commenting on the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin on the matter yesterday, saying that the move was in line with
the implementation of the "Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening
Command of English" (MBMMBI) policy for Year One primary school pupils starting
from next year.
Pekadin also welcomed the government''s allocation of RM6 million to supply
additional reading material in English for the primary schools'' resource centres
this year, said Latif.