The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

2 in 3 Malaysian teachers, students not proficient in English: Survey


GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It has been revealed that two-thirds of 70,000 English teachers in Malaysia failed to reach a proficient English level.

Malaysian Education Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said it was one of the two major findings of a survey which required the teachers to sit for the Cambridge Placement Test. Dr Khair added that the other major finding of the survey was that two in three students failed to meet the basics in English proficiency.

“When we did the initial profiling of the English teachers in Malaysia, we found that two-thirds of the teachers did not meet the proficiency level,” said Dr Khair, at an education forum.

“This was based on the comparison of the students' results in SPM English and Cambridge 1119 standards,” he said, adding that the survey was conducted among 13,000 students.