“To ensure Bumiputera students in rural areas are not left behind, the Education Ministry must make sure every rural school has sufficient trained teachers in English, English books and reading materials to help the students. All needs must be met starting 2014 even though it is compulsory only from year 2016,” Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said.
On Friday, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin declared English as a mandatory passing subject in the national SPM examination. He acknowledged that English is a universal language and the upcoming generations must learn to speak it. He said the academic institutes will now increase the number of lesson hours for English.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has doubts about the impacts of this new policy. Ibrahim says making English language course a must-pass will put undue pressure on students who have not been studying English language til now. He said such policy should be introduced only when the government is certain that all the academic institutes are teaching the subject in detail.