Malaysia drops English language teaching

Malaysia has decided to abandon a six-year experiment in using English in state schools to teach maths and ­science. The plan was intended to produce a new generation of global communicators, but government officials say it has stalled attainment and exposed a dearth of teachers able to deliver classes in English.

Education minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced last Wednesday that the English-medium education policy introduced across the country in 2003, known as PPSMI, would be phased out from 2012. He said that evidence gathered during a year-long assessment and public consultation had convinced the government that PPSMI wasn’t working, and that the dominance of English in the curriculum risked undermining students’ grasp of their first language. Guardian, 10 July 2009. Read more…

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