By IAN MCINTYRE
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Educa- tion Ministry will ensure that the new curriculum for English language to be implemented by 2012 is based on the recommendations of experts and top linguists.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he had issued a directive for the new curriculum to include feedback and viewpoints of experts, including linguists.
“These are steps taken to allay the fear of parents over the erosion of English language in the country,” he said after presenting aid to poor students at SMK Permatang Pasir here yesterday.
He also opened the district education building and National Day celebrations at the same place.
Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said parents need not worry that the teaching of Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia would erode their children’s capacity to master English.
“Various new initiatives are being taken to improve the command of the language, including extending the teaching hours and ensuring that an additional 13,000 teachers become top-notch linguists.
“We will also incorporate more English literature and components of Science and Mathematics,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the Federal Government wanted the country’s education system to be on par or better than those of developed nations.
“The role of parents is also crucial as they must motivate their children to master the language as they will be competing in a world which is increasingly becoming more challenging,” he added. - The Star.