SMK Transition Classes To Be Abolished By 2017 – Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR:  – The government plans to implement the Bahasa Malaysia curriculum for national schools (SK) at national type Chinese schools (SJKC) and national type Tamil Schools (SJKT) starting with fourth year cohort pupils in 2014.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said with improved command of Bahasa Malaysia among SJKC and SJKT pupils, transition classes can be abolished by 2017.

The proposal will be implemented via the Education Development Plan 2013-2025 that will shorten the schooling period of SJKC and and SJKT pupils who choose to study at national secondary schools (SMK).

“The ministry will ensure that SJKC and SJKT pupils with problems in learning Bahasa Malaysia are given adequate support through remedial classes of up to five hours weekly.

“The ministry will ensure that implementation of this curriculum will not burden SJKC and SJKT pupils and the use of Chinese and Tamil as the medium of instruction for other subjects,” he said when closing Language and Literature Festival 2012 here Thursday.

The Education Minister said the ministry would also provide adequate training to Bahasa Malaysia teachers in SJKC and SJKT so that they can teach effectively.

Focus will be on the teachers’ ability to practice pupil-centric teaching and learning to meet the different needs of pupils.


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