20 August 2015


PRESS STATEMENT: More Education Flip Flops

20 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur – Yesterday, the Ministry of Education announced that they will be postponing the implementation of a compulsory pass in English for SPM. While it was not made clear when it will be postponed to, the reason given for the delay in implementation was to give more time for preparation for all parties involved including students and teachers.

“This is a rather worrying sign,” said Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS, “It could be an indication of many issues that have not been addressed within the education system. This includes the lack of competent English teachers, the lack of effective implementation of policies since they were announced back in 2013, and possibly a new direction Malaysian education may be heading towards with the change in leadership.”

“Calls for autonomy Sabah and Sarawak to make education related decisions raise an interesting alternative to preventing such indecisive and ineffective implementation of federal level policies. Empowering a school and the surrounding community may not only offer a more responsive solution for the students’ challenges but also a more effective implementation of policies such as the compulsory pass in English.”

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