Hornbill Unleashed

October 6, 2017

Schools to use imported texts when adopting European standard for English next year

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the ministry will buy off-the-shelf book to cater to schools because locally produced textbooks are not able to meet the new CEFR levels. — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliThe Education Ministry will buy imported English textbooks to implement a curriculum aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) next year.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan told The Star newspapers that pre-schoolers, Year One and Two pupils, Form One and Two students will be the pioneers of the new curriculum.

“The ministry will buy off-the-shelf book to cater to schools because locally produced textbooks are not able to meet the new CEFR levels,” he was quoted as saying.

According to the report, primary school students will use the Super Minds from Cambridge University Press while MacMillan’s Pulse 2 will be used for secondary students.

Checks by the English daily revealed that the price of the books hovered between RM78 and RM135.

Kamalanathan said the books were already made available in schools and that teachers were undergoing training to master the new syllabus.

“This is part of the ministry’s English reform to ensure students achieve proficiency levels aligned to international standards,” he was quoted as saying.

The report noted that CEFR has six grades with C2 — or “specialist English Language teachers” — being the highest and A1 the lowest.

English teachers must get a minimum score of C1 in order to teach the curriculum, the report said.

In a separate report, parent-teacher groups lauded the move but questioned the efficiency of implementing the programme here.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said while it was “vital” to have the right textbooks, the quality of teachers must also be looked at.

“If teachers with ‘a little bit of English’ are chosen, the programme will surely fail,” she was quoted as saying.

Educationist Devinder Raj reportedly said that using the international textbooks was not “culturally” appropriate or at least for the rural students who may not know the differences of four season or festivals in Britain.

He suggested that the Education Ministry to at least amend the names and places to reflect a Malaysian culture for better understanding.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by




  1. Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his address at the Indian Progressive Front’s 25th AGM, said he had no choice but to abandon the meritocracy policy of admission of students into institutions of higher learning insofar as the Indians are concerned.

    Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohammed introduced the meritocracy policy during his tenure as the prime minister to bring about competition amongst Malay students. Such a policy inadvertently is said to have created problems for Indians students for entry into institutions of higher learning.

    According to Najib, if the government had maintained the meritocracy policy, it would mean that Indian students admitted to institutions of higher learning would be around 3.4 percent, and not 7 percent.

    He said the Indian community needed assistance and this could not be brought about with the continuation of the meritocracy policy. For the long-term interest of the Indian community, he had no choice but to abandon this policy to provide for more intake of Indian students in the matriculation programme and entry into public universities.

    A policy of ethnic quotas for Indians has meant that 1,500 places have been accorded for Indian students in matriculation programmes and 700 extra spots for Indians in public universities.

    A policy need not be abandoned just because there is a need to make some exceptions for some reasons. On this matter, it would be wrong for Najib to say that he had discontinued Mahathir’s policy of meritocracy.

    However, in his speech, he was not clear whether the meritocracy policy as a whole has been abandoned, or some exceptions have been made to accommodate the interests of the Indian community.

    Comment by Maika — October 9, 2017 @ 1:16 PM | Reply

  2. Saba and Sawak should pull out and adopt English as the official language

    Comment by tigeryka — October 9, 2017 @ 12:35 PM | Reply

  3. Another opportunity for OKU (Orang Kaya Umno) to make money as the importer/distributor of these English books?

    Comment by K Sankaran — October 8, 2017 @ 10:26 AM | Reply

  4. Halo…limpeh, hokkian saying: Chui Kong Lan Par song song….lol, this Alan is another Anjing from the ruling party lah…tiu

    Comment by tiuniamah — October 6, 2017 @ 5:46 PM | Reply

  5. No faith in Ministry of Education in addressing poor standard of English after removing PPSMI.

    Malaysian laws do not apply to Umno people who misuse school property and students like what we have seen in putrajaya school.. People can now see how lopsided the law under the enforcers can be when Umno rules. If a man on the street who’s not an Umno man had done the same you would see him in lock up attire within minutes. So guys think carefully of whom you should vote come GE14. Choose a party which respects the law

    Comment by limpehkong — October 6, 2017 @ 1:57 PM | Reply

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