D-G: Schools can apply to join DLP

PUTRAJAYA: If you meet the criteria, join the programme.

Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof (pic) said schools wanting to be part of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) were welcome to submit their application, even if they were not part of the 300 schools chosen for the pilot project.

“They must convey their interest to the district education office,” he told The Starin an interview at his office.

The district education office will then submit the application to the state education department, which will verify whether the school is ready for the programme.

The ministry, he said, had identified the 300 schools through an English lab organised by the Per­for­mance Management and Delivery Unit (Peman­du).

“The lab identified schools nationwide that are still offering the subjects in both languages,” he said, adding that most of the schools were from urban areas.

Currently, DLP will only be offered to government national schools that meet three criteria – proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malay­sia, and parents who are supportive of the programme.

When asked if vernacular schools could take part in the programme, Dr Khair said they could as long as they met the Bahasa Malaysia mastery levels set by the Education Ministry.

He said there would be varying degrees of DLP offered in schools.

He explained that the school might have one class conducted fully in English and others in both languages.

Under DLP, schools will be given the option to teach Science, Mathe­matics, In­­for­mation Technology and Commu­nication, and Design and Technology in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that DLP would be offered in 300 pilot schools, when tabling Budget 2016.

by REBECCA RAJAENDRAM.

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