No allocation required to implement DLP

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek clarified that no allocation is needed for schools to implement the Dual Language Programme (DLP).

“The ministry would like to clarify that no allocation is needed for eligible schools to open DLP classes,” she said.

She said as per a circular released in 2020, there were four criteria that must be met by schools that intend to conduct DLP. The four are:

School must have adequate resources.

The headmaster must have plans to implement DLP.

Consent from parents

Achievements in the subject of Bahasa Melayu.

She said this in her written reply to Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong) in Dewan Rakyat.

Lim had asked whether there were additional allocations to encourage schools to implement DLP.

She also revealed that her ministry is implementing several other programs to improve school children’s command of the English language.

Among the programs that is being implemented to increase students’ command of English are Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) and the Raising English Language Skills Programme in Schools.

“To raise teachers’ competency, we have Professional Up-Skilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) and Assessment Literacy for Preschool and Primary English Language Teachers.

“These programmes involve students from all primary and secondary schools including those attending DLP classes,” she said.

READ ALSO: RM44.1 million for Chinese schools, RM18.15 million for Tamil schools