Many do not agree English teachers need to sit for MUET

English language teachers required to sit for MUET.

By Huzraifah Atikah

The Education Ministry (MoE) announced that English teachers should improve their level of proficiency in the English Language. 

The aim of the Malaysia Education Blueprint or also known as 'Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia' (PPPM) 2013-2025 is to ensure that all English teachers should at least have a minimum proficiency of C1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

However, according to Bernama, the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged MoE to reconsider its directive for English Language teachers to sit for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) examination. 

Yesterday the ministry responded by saying any decision will need to refer back to the English Language Education Reform in Malaysia: The Roadmap (2015-2025), which is to reach the aim of PPPM 2013-2025.

NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan Huat Hock said in a statement that the move would only add to the heavy burdens already carried by teachers.

He said the ministry, in efforts to further strengthen the English language proficiency, needed to look at the key issues that affected schools, mainly the shortage of English language teachers.

“English option teachers have been asked to sit for MUET when they already have English language teaching qualification such as the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Meanwhile, Tan said apart from teaching, English, language teachers also had to perform various activities such as the highly immersive programme (HIP) and Professional Learning Community (PLC) programmes, compared with teachers teaching other subjects.

“These teachers also have to train students for competitions and other activities such as debates, drama and choral speaking,” he said.

Many netizens also responding to the issue on the MoE official Facebook page, some of them are saying:

So, what do you think of this issue? Should the government listen to netizens?