KUALA LUMPUR: Business conglomerate Melewar Group has joined forces with a British education recruitment specialist to send out native speaking English teachers from Britain to 14 countries in Asia to teach the language.
The first batch of teachers are expected to arrive in these countries in the third quarter of this year under an agreement signed between English Learning Group Ltd, a member of the Melewar Group, and STC Consortium Ltd here yesterday.
The teachers would be sent to South-East Asia as well as to Bangaladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Melewar Group group executive chairman Datuk Seri Tunku Iskandar Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah said the teachers would be placed in urban and rural schools and universities.
“Whether in Malaysia or elsewhere, our indigenous and national languages are primarily used within our countries.
“However there is a strong need for emphasis to be placed on the use of the English language,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony.
STC Consortium Limited chief executive officer Susan Moore said the company will source, screen and select the best possible teachers to help achieve success in both written and spoken English in the selected countries.
Moore said the partnership with the Melewar Group and the English Learning Group is significant and instrumental in helping transform teaching in the region.
British Trade and Investment director Tony Collingridge said competency in the English language is essential in Malaysia’s drive to be an innovative, high incomeb and high value-added economy.
by Luwita Hana Randhawa.