Sunday, November 25, 2007


Govt to improve English performance of students
The State Government is very concerned over education development in the State, especially in the rural areas, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.
He said the Government would find ways to improve the performance of rural students in the English language.
“The Government has proposed to hire retired teachers to teach English to overcome this problem,” he said when officiating the one-day Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Premier Seminar for the district at SM Ken Hwa Lee Sen here yesterday.
Musa has learnt that rural students are facing difficulties learning and understanding the English language, especially the two subjects taught in the language, Science and Mathematics, because of the shortage of experienced teachers.
“I will propose to the Education Ministry to hire retired teachers to teach English in the rural areas of the State,” he said.
Musa said he had met Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien to discuss further on the matter, including the lack of school facilities in rural areas.
According to the Chief Minister, the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government will work hard to develop the education of rural children.
“This will include the provision of better school facilities, teachers’ quarters, electricity and water supply,” he said. At the same time, he said the State Government through Sabah Foundation is also giving assistance to build village hostels for the convenience of rural students who are staying far away from their schools.
On the seminar, Musa described it as an effort by the Education Department to enhance the relationship between parents and teachers in improving and upgrading the students’ education performance.