Oh my MUET!
By Zan Azlee
So now the English speaking and writing level for Malaysians to enter universities has been increased, according to the prime minister during the tabling of Budget 2015.
I have to say that I agree because I have always been a big proponent of the English language and of how important it is for Malaysians to master the language.
However, just by increasing the required band or evaluation of the MUET (Malaysian University English Test) wouldn’t be a solution.
What that means is that the existing group of students who are trying to enter university in Malaysia are just going to have a much tougher time.
I spend a lot of my free time having sharing sessions with undergraduate students, and some of them gave me feedback regarding the recent developments.
Many are concerned that this will mean less Malaysians would actually be qualified to enter university and that would mean less opportunities for them.
One student told me that by not knowing English, a potentially brilliant student who isn’t bilingual could not further his or her studies. So, English shouldn’t be mandatory.
On one part, I agree. Not knowing English, or any other second language, doesn’t mean that one is not intelligent. You can be smart no matter what language (and how many) you speak.
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