KUALA NERANG: The Ministry of Education (MOE) will look into methods to enhance the teaching of the Malay language in schools – vernacular schools in particular – and enshrine it as a medium for promoting unity.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said methods being looked into will review programmes and syllabi to improve student integration through the national language
"We will find methods to enhance the Malay language through nationhood programmes in all schools, especially the vernacular schools.
"(Students at) National-type Chinese Schools (SJKC) and National-type Tamil Schools (SJKT) need to master the Malay language and get involved in more nationhood programmes," he said after attending a casual meeting with the residents of Kampung Kuala Tekai, here yesterday. This is in line with the wishes of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who wants to ensure that students of SJKC and SJKT are able to master the Malay language to enhance national unity.
"Command of the Malay language should not be dominated by the Malays, but it should be equally dominated by all communities, to foster national unity.
"Nationhood should not be dominated by the Malays, but all the races, and the same goes for the Malay language. Schools should involve students in more programmes and activities involving nationhood," he added.
Mahdzir said Malay language teachers should enrol in programmes that involve retraining courses, to enhance their own command of the Malay language.
"Teachers of the Institute of Teaching (IPGM), which specialises in the Malay language, will also undergo a short course to enhance their command of the Malay language to ensure a smooth teaching process," he said. -- BERNAMA