PETALING JAYA: The 300 schools involved in the Dual Language Programme (DLP) must meet three criteria – proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malaysia and parents who are supportive.
Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof, who disclosed this, said the selected schools could offer the programme to Years One and Four pupils and Form One students next year.
He also said the schools would be chosen based on “demand” by parents and school heads, besides readiness to offer the programme.
For a start, Dr Khair said the programme will be carried out in national primary and secondary schools.
Science, Mathematics, Information Technology and Communication, and Design and Technology would be offered in both languages.
“The programme is in line with the Government’s objective to improve the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced when tabling Budget 2016 that DLP would be offered in 300 schools.
He also announced that a Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) would be carried out.
Both programmes are part of the Government’s efforts to uphold Bahasa Malaysia while strengthening the usage of the English Language.
Dr Khair said HIP would be a programme to improve students’ English language skills by increasing its use.
“HIP is not a new programme. It uses a different approach to a current programme to ensure its sustainability,” he added.
“A support mechanism will be formed to encourage schools to share, learn and support each other while carrying out this initiative,” he said.