Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ministry wants local universities to provide English programme - NST

KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.: Jan 10, 2009

The higher education ministry has proposed that local universities provide a special English programme for students before graduation.

Deputy minister Datuk Idris Haron said reports received by the ministry showed that most local graduates were unemployed because of poor proficiency in the language.

He said the student affairs and academic division at universities should provide a special English programme for their students, at least six months before their graduation.

This would ensure they were competent in English, he added.

“At the same time, the students can also participate in communication workshops to improve their English skills,” he told reporters after officiating at an education fair here today.
Earlier, in his speech, he urged all quarters to support the government’s efforts to develop the country as an international education hub.

He said the support was vital to ensure that Malaysia continued to provide the best destination for pursuing academic qualification and, at the same time, produce excellent students.

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