The demand for English

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Top notch facilities: UCSI International School’s Bandar Springhill campus is fully equipped with the latest learning tools

GOOD teachers who are proficient in English are being sought after, with some international schools offering huge monthly salaries and perks to attract the cream of the crop.

With international schools now a booming business, some operators have resorted to poaching as demand soars for top-notch teaching staff. There are now some 100 international schools in the country with an enrolment of about 40,000 students.

Recently in an exclusive interview with The Star, the Sultan of Johor made a strong case for English to be used as a medium of instruction in schools in our national education system.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar spoke about the importance of the English language, which he described as a “neutral language” that can be used to unite the people regardless of race or religion, and a “universal currency” accepted even in countries where the people don’t speak English well.

The Ruler noted that the international and private schools in Malaysia, where English is the medium of instruction, are only available to those who can afford it.

These schools are set up to meet demand but are business entities that charge high fees, making them inaccessible to the ordinary Malaysians.

Educationist Datuk N. Siva Subra­ma­niam said teachers are being pinched and offered high salaries because of their English proficiency.

A teacher who masters the language will have a job waiting beyond retirement, he said.

“There has been a shortage of good English teachers for some time now so it’s not surprising that international schools are prepared to pay their staff handsomely.

by CHRISTINA CHIN.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2015/06/28/The-demand-for-English/

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