All for use of English in schools

ROYAL SUPPORT: English – medium schools can serve as alternative for parents.

JOHOR BARU: RAJA Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah yesterday gave her support for the setting up of English-medium schools.

The consort of the sultan of Johor said she would be all for it if the Education Ministry were to approve the idea.

“Having an English-medium school will serve as an alternative for parents who want their children to be proficient in English.”

She said this after opening the 22nd International Conference of the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta).

Raja Zarith Sofiah is the royal patron of the programme. She cited her own experience when she went to England to study after completing her education at the Datin Khadijah national-type primary school in Kuala Kangsar.

“For me, it was not much of a problem because in the 1970s, all school subjects were taught in English. My younger sister, however, found it challenging to cope when she went to England, because during her time, all the subjects were taught in the national language.”

Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah (right) handing over the Hyacinth Gaudart English Language Teacher Award to Wan Hanim Mohamed Noor at the Melta conference in Johor Baru yesterday. Pic by Zulkarnain Ahmad Tajuddin

by Chuah Bee Kim.

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