DPM and Education Minister Muhyiddin had recently announced plans to train 10,000 English teachers this year to improve the standard of the language among primary and secondary students nationwide (here).
I think this is one of the major steps ever taken by the government since the 'destructive' step was taken in abolishing English medium schools in 1979. Who was Education Minister then, remember?
The ministry also plans to hire 600 retired English language teachers between this year and 2013 to serve nationwide on contract. So far, 168 retired teachers have accepted the offer. A total of 12,000 English teachers were trained last year.
When we discuss about teachers and education, the things that flash our mind, among others are teaching facilities, teaching aids and proposals that help. Education specialists had from time to time conducted researches for new methods which can enhance the process.
Apart from books and other references, more teachers are subscribing to teaching patterns introduced on the Internet. Even some major universities around the world have on-line teaching for English and other subjects.
Local English experts too have introduced a simplified approach to understanding English. But the major problem still lies with the Ministry of Education's senior personnel in-charge of finding solution to a better and suitable education kits.
Whether Muhyiddin realises it or not, his officers are not very supportive of fresh proposals forwarded by local educationists, especially when they introduce a system which benefits the ministry and its officials with NOTHING!
This people are not asking any single sen from the ministry or the government but was only trying to help improve English by enhancing its teaching methods. But pathetically, the ministry's answer was: "... oleh kerana ia hanya membabitkan kepentingan pelajar secara individu, kementerian tidak mahu menyertainya..."
Means that if the product only benefits the students but not the ministry and its officials, it has to be rejected!
So, they will only support anything that generates money!