Saturday, 26 March 2016

15,000 English Teachers to Attend 6-Month English Upskilling Programme

Erican Professional Upskilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) programme
Erican Professional Upskilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) programme
The Star Online:
The 15,000 English teachers, who were found ill-equipped to teach the subject, have been sent for training, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

“We have been sending these teachers for training since 2013,” said Chong, referring to the Professional Upskilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) programme.

Teachers who failed to obtain the desired scores in the Cambridge Placement Test and British Council’s Aptis English test, he said, would be sent to training for six months.
How did these English teacher graduates and get hired as English teachers in the first place?
As a result of the sliding proficiency, the ministry, he said, had reversed its policy to teach Mathematics and Science in English in 2012.

“Schools are given more freedom now. Those which are ready, can choose to teach in English. My final wish is to see all schools adopting the English medium (for teaching Science and Mathematics),” he said.
Ministry of Education implemented Mathematics and Science in English and then reversed the policy. And then it is reversing the policy again...