FAIZ AZIZAN, Subang Jaya, Selangor
I WRITE with regard to the debate on how to improve the teaching and learning of English.
What the government should do is hold discussions to find the best solution. But whatever the solution, it must be realistic.
The authorities should also observe how English is taught in countries such as the United Kingdom and Singapore, where the people have an excellent command of the language.
It has been said that the level of English examinations in primary schools in Singapore is equivalent to the English learnt by students in Malaysian secondary schools.
Many people think that emphasising English means degrading Bahasa Malaysia. And this is probably one of the reasons the government has reverted to the teaching of Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia instead of English.
There have been suggestions that English be made a compulsory subject to pass in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination.
Doing this will only put more pressure on students and make the education system more exam-oriented.
The authorities should also discuss with parent-teacher associations to come up with activities that can improve the command of English among students.
What is important is for the government to decide what exactly it wants to do and then focus on it. It should work on one solution at a time and not on many solutions simultaneously.
Here’s the link to the NST Letters 19th of August