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MOE To Find Methods To Enhance Command Of Malay Language In Schools

KUALA NERANG, April 16 (Bernama) --The Ministry of Education (MOE)will look at methods to enhance the command of the Malay language in schools, especially the vernacular schools, as a medium of unity.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the methods will seek to enhancetheprogrammes and syllabus to improve the national integration.

"We will findmethods to enhance the Malay language through nationhood programmes in all schools, especially thevernacular schools.

"National Type Chinese Schools (SJKC) and National Type Tamil Schools 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 today.

This isin line with the wishesof Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who wants to ensure that students of SJKC andSJKT are able to master the Malay languageto enhance national unity.

"Command of the Malay language shouldnot 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 the students in more programmes and activities involving nationhood."

Mahdzirsaid teachers who teach the Malay language should have programmesthat involve retraining courses to enhancetheir command oftheMalay language.

"Teachers of the Institute of Teaching (IPGM), which specialises in theMalay languagewill also undergo a short course to enhance their command of the Malay language to ensurea smoothteaching process."