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MUET allows Education Ministry to gauge English teachers’ proficiency

Friday, May 10th, 2019
The Education Ministry is in the process of producing autonomous teachers via continuous professionalism development as it strives to further uplift and strengthen the teaching profession so that it can be at an international standard. – NSTP file pic

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has defended its decision to have all English language teachers sit for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

It said the directive was made to gauge language competency among teachers, adding that this was important to ensure students would be taught by those who had high proficiency as Malaysia aimed to raise its English education standards.

“The Education Ministry is in the process of producing autonomous teachers via continuous professionalism development as it strives to further uplift and strengthen the teaching profession so that it can be at an international standard.

“In this context, all English language option teachers must have the drive towards efforts to elevate English language proficiency and pedagogical skills,” the ministry said in a statement in response to a call made by the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) to reconsider its directive for English language teachers to sit for the MUET by year-end.

The directive was issued in a circular dated April 14 by Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

It is aimed at reviewing teachers’ English proficiency levels in line with the requirements set out in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

The ministry added that it had engaged with NUTP on the roll out of the Professional Up-Skilling of English Language Teachers’ (Pro-ELT) course and the level of proficiency for English teachers based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

“The ministry wants to assure (all interested parties) that it will give priority to addressing the shortage of English teachers and at the same time will not burden the teachers.”

NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan had said the ministry should be focusing on the main issue – the shortage of English language teachers – instead of asking English option teachers to sit for MUET, especially for those who already have English language teaching qualifications such as Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Tan had said non-option English teachers such as those who were not trained in the field but ended up teaching due to a shortage of teachers certainly could not reach the set level.

Based on the same circular, all English language teachers should be at the minimum proficiency level of C1 according to CEFR.

By Azura Abas.

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Dewan Negara: Teacher Profesionalism Standard To Be Introduced Next Year

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry will introduce the Teacher Professionalism Standard next year to beef up the education system and equip teachers in line with the New Economic Model.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the standard would be based on trainee teachers selection, pre-service training, teachers’ placement, professional induction and continuous professional development.

The current teacher training curriculum will be enhanced to incorporate innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, resilience and competitiveness aspects,” he said when responding to a question from Senator Akbar Ali at the Dewan Negara on Thursday.

He said as such the ministry had introduced the “Creativity Handbook: Development and Practice in Teaching and Learning” by incorporating activities that emphasised creativity and innovation in every subject in the curriculum.

He said the ministry had also introduced bina insan programme (teachers motivation) of BIG, a compulsory programme at teacher training institutes.

“We have published a guideline book and what is important now is the implementing agents. That is why we created the BIG programme, which is conducted in six semesters.

“I am confident the five-and-a-half year training will help develop teachers’ personality,” he said.


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Union gives backing to Teachers Standard

Friday, December 4th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Union of the Teaching Profession, the country’s biggest teachers union with 120,000 members, will ensure the success of the Malaysian Teachers Standard, said its secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.

She said yesterday that this was something the union had been seeking for the past few years as it was in line with its policy to provide quality education to Malay­sian children through highly qualified and dedicated teachers.

“Our members will certainly work closely with the Education Ministry, schools, colleges and training institutions to maintain and improve the standard set,” she added.

The guidelines for the standard were unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, in Tawau on Wednesday.

The guidelines that require them to have three basic values in teaching – professionalism, know­ledge and high teaching and learning skills – would serve as a benchmark for some 300,000 teachers to function effectively in the classroom.

Lok said once the standard was set and clear guidelines introduced, it would be easy for teachers to follow and implement it.

At present, this was lacking and it was sometimes difficult for teachers to deliver what was expected of them by the authorities and community at large.

She hoped the guidelines would encourage teachers to be innovative and motivate them to develop and enhance their teaching skills and knowledge.


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Malaysian Teacher Standards

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Education Deputy Director-General (General Professional Development) Datin Asariah Mior Shaharuddin, said that the much-awaited list of standards that touch on a teacher’s level of skills, knowledge and basic values; or better known as the Malaysian Teacher Standards will be launched soon. The list will serve as guidelines for teachers to develop professional values, knowledge and understanding while acquiring the relevant skills in teaching.

” Once it is launched, teachers can take a self – appraisal which will be a part of the teaching standards, and gauge what level they are at”,  she said. The teachers can then plan and take the relevant steps to ensure they can meet the teaching standards.

Datin Asariah also added that as a start, the self appraisals will be carried out on a voluntary basis. Headmasters and principals would also be encouraged to take part in the self-appraisal to gauge what levels they are at.


by Karen Chapman, The Star Online, 28 June 2009.

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