PEKADIN HOPES FOR MORE TRAINED ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR RURAL SCHOOLS IN SABAH

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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

proficiency.

"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,

here today.

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.

-- BERNAMA

NT AO

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