ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor is giving its utmost attention to improving the use of English among primary and secondary school students in the state.
State Education and Entrepreneur Development committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday said several initiatives have been implemented to help them master the language.
“We want them to master English not only when they are still in school, but also when they are furthering their studies and working,” he said at the state assembly sitting at Kota Iskandar here yesterday.
Md Jais was replying to questions from Datuk Syed Sis Syed A. Rahman (BN-Tanjung Surat) and Jimmy Phua Wee Tse (PKR-Bukit Batu) on measures taken by the state government to enhance the use of English in Johor.
He said that the state Education Department had implemented seven programmes especially tailored for primary and secondary school students.
Among them were writing workshops for teachers and students, standardising the teaching of English language modules for all schools in Johor and promoting 20 minutes of conversation in English in schools, he said.
The state’s initiatives, he said, supported the programmes by the Education Ministry.
Md Jais said the state government had also allocated RM1mil for the Johor English Language Enrichment programme, a collaboration between the State Education Department and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
He said the seven initiatives were tailored for the school administrative staff and headmasters.
“We are not stopping here as we want to produce Johorean students who are not only able to converse fluently in English in Malaysia, but also at the international level.”