Pemandu: 7-question online survey on ‘GENERAL PERCEPTION: IMPORTANCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY’

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20 November 2015

English a failing subject for Malaysia despite bilingual focus

English a failing subject for Malaysia despite bilingual focus:

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A survey by the Malaysian government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has shown that more than 90 per cent of people polled want English standards to be improved in local schools.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, a former British colony, is considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s more English-proficient nations. But there are still challenges to getting students to converse confidently in the language.

It is problem the government is taking very seriously.

Two years ago, Malaysia announced plans making it a must for all students to pass English as a subject in a major high school examination by 2016.

But these plans were postponed after the country’s Education Ministry tested out what would happen if they did.

“If English was a compulsory subject this year, 2015, we would have had about 25 per cent of the students failing SPM,” said Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan.

“We have about 400,000 students sitting for the examination. 25 per cent rate failure would give us about 100,000 of students not being able to get certificates. That’s a concern.”

Malaysia is home to a multi-ethnic population, most of whom are bilingual.

In the past, efforts to teach these subjects in English were met with a backlash from Malay nationalists, worried it would undermine the position of the national language.

But the Malaysian government sees English proficiency as essential to communicate with its neighbours in an increasingly globalised world. This takes on even more importance as the ten member states of ASEAN plan for economic integration through the ASEAN Community, set to be launched by the end of the year.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/english-a-failing-subject/2277498.html?cid=twtcna

9 November 2015

In just one week, more than 90 per cent of the 190,000 respondents came back to say they were in favour of upping English standards in schools.

Malaysian survey goes viral, 90 per cent want standard of English raised

Malaysian survey goes viral, 90 per cent want standard of English raised

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THE red flag has been raised for some time on English proficiency among school students. It has been a “hot button” issue especially for concerned parents and employers and yet, consensus remained elusive.

In September, Pemandu designed a simple anonymous online survey to gauge public opinion on the importance of English proficiency among school students.

In just one week, more than 90 per cent of the 190,000 respondents came back to say they were in favour of upping English standards in schools.

The survey went viral in a way I never imagined it would.

Everywhere I went, people said they had replied and commended the Government’s efforts to find a solution.

Journalists – both local and international – were buzzing with questions, keen to know what we were up to.

A majority of survey respondents came from urban areas. This clearly meant we had touched on an issue very close to their hearts.

Rural respondents comprised 10 per cent of the survey, with many agreeing that a solution was imperative. Regardless, the Government also acknowledged real concerns amongst this group on whether children would be able to cope if there were blanket rules on teaching crucial subjects in English.

Stakeholder engagements and results from the survey provided a basis for the Ministry of Education to build a compelling pitch from its English lab to the Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-survey-goes-viral-90-cent-want-standard-english-raised?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_term=Autofeed&link_time=1447034802#xtor=EchoBox

7 October 2015

Pemandu conducts short online survey to seek public views on English language.

Click on this link to get to the survey:

http://goo.gl/forms/u09WpY91mJ for the survey.

Go to  http://goo.gl/forms/u09WpY91mJ for the survey.

KAJIAN PERSEPSI: KEPENTINGAN PENGUASAAN BAHASA INGGERIS/ GENERAL PERCEPTION: IMPORTANCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

PEMANDU sedang mengkaji pandangan rakyat Malaysia terhadap kepentingan menguasai bahasa Inggeris. Pihak kami ingin memohon sokongan anda terhadap kajian ini dengan melengkapkan kaji selidik di bawah. Survei ini tidak mengambil masa lebih daripada satu minit. Kajian ini adalah anonim dan maklumat peribadi anda tidak akan direkodkan. Kami juga ingin memohon bantuan anda untuk menghebahkan kaji selidik ini bagi mendapatkan lebih responden. Sila panjangkan pautan atau ‘link’ kaji selidik ini kepada responden-responden lain yang ingin mengambil bahagian.PEMANDU is seeking the views of Malaysians on the importance of being proficient in English. Please support this study by completing a short survey. The survey takes no more than a minute to complete. The survey is anonymous. No personal data will be captured. We also seek your support in increasing our outreach. Please forward the survey link to others who may be interested to participate.

Kaji selidik ini akan tamat pada 5 petang, 11 Oktober 2015.The survey ends at 5pm, 11th October 2015.

* Required

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1. Adakah anda akan mempertimbangkan pengajaran dan pembelajaran mata pelajaran dalam bahasa lain, selain daripada bahasa Malaysia? (Would you consider some subjects in school to be taught in another language besides Bahasa Malaysia?) *
  • Ya (Yes)
  • Tidak (No)
* Required

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2. Sekiranya Ya, apakah bahasa pilihan utama anda? (If Yes, which language would be your preferred choice?) *
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Tamil
* Required

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3. Pada pendapat anda, adakah perlu beberapa mata pelajaran diajar dalam bahasa Inggeris untuk membantu meningkatkan kemahiran berbahasa Inggeris? (In your opinion, should some subjects in schools be taught in English to improve students’ proficiency in the language?) *
  • Ya (Yes)
  • Tidak (No)
4. Adakah anda merasakan bahawa pengajaran dan pembelajaran mata pelajaran lain dalam bahasa Inggeris akan merendahkan kepentingan bahasa Malaysia sebagai bahasa kebangsaan kita? (Do you think teaching other subjects in English would reduce the importance of bahasa Malaysia as our national language?) *
  • Ya (Yes)
  • Tidak (No)
5. Jika bahasa Inggeris digunakan sebagai bahasa pengantar untuk mata pelajaran lain, mata pelajaran yang manakah perlu diajar dalam bahasa Inggeris? (If English is used as a language to teach other subjects, what subjects should be taught that language?) *
  • Sains, Matematik, ICT (Science, Mathematics, ICT)
  • Sejarah, Geografi, Pendidikan Seni (History, Geography, Arts)
  • Semua di atas (All the above)
  • Tiada di atas (None of the above)
  • Other:
6. Berdasarkan jawapan anda bagi soalan 5, sila jelaskan pilihan anda (Based on your Q5 answers, please explain why) *
Anda boleh memilih lebih daripada satu jawapan (You can choose more than 1 answer)
  • Dapat membantu meningkatkan penguasaan pelajar dalam bahasa Inggeris (Will help improve a student’s proficiency in English)
  • Dapat meningkatkan peluang pekerjaan pelajar (Will improve a student’s employability)
  • Pelajar dapat mencapai sumber-sumber seperti buku dan perpustakaan dalam Bahasa Inggeris dengan lebih efektif (Students will be more effective in accessing resources such as books and the library)
  • Pelajar dapat mencapai maklumat di Internet dengan lebih efektif (Students will be more effective in accessing the Internet)
  • Tiada di atas. Saya percaya Bahasa Inggeris tidak seharusnya menjadi bahasa pengantar bagi mata pelajaran lain (None of the above. I believe the English language should not be a medium of instruction for other subjects)
  • Other:
7. Pada pendapat anda, sejauh mana penguasaan bahasa Inggeris dapat menyumbang kepada kejayaan kerjaya seseorang pelajar pada masa hadapan? (How important do you think being proficient in English contributes to a student’s career?) *
  • Sangat penting (Extremely important)
  • Penting (Important)
  • Sederhana penting (Moderately important)
  • Tidak penting (Not important at all)

Demografik (Demographics)

Sebagai sebahagian daripada kajian ini, kami juga ingin memahami faktor demografi Malaysia kepada kajian ini. Oleh itu, kami amat menghargai kerjasama anda untuk menyertakan maklumat di bawah. Kajian ini adalah SULIT dan maklumat peribadi anda tidak akan didedahkan kepada mana-mana pihak atau institusi lain. (As part of this study, we would also like to understand the views of the different demographic groups in Malaysia. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you could provide the information below. Again, this survey is anonymous.)
Jantina (Gender) *
  • Lelaki (Male)
  • Perempuan (Female)
Etnik (Ethnicity) *
  • Bumiputera
  • Cina (Chinese)
  • India (Indian)
  • Lain-lain (Others)
Umur (Age Group) *
  • 18 dan ke bawah (and below)
  • 19 – 30
  • 31 – 40
  • 41 – 50
  • lebih daripada (above 50)
Strata *
  • Bandar (Urban)
  • Pinggir Bandar (Semi Urban)
  • Luar Bandar (Rural)
Pendapatan Isi Rumah (Household Income) *
  • Kurang dari (Below)  RM 2,500
  • RM 2,501 – RM 3,500
  • RM 3,501 – RM 5,000
  • RM 5,001 – RM 8,000
  • RM 8,001 dan ke atas (and above)

Wednesday October 7, 2015 MYT 12:27:42 PM

Pemandu conducts short online survey to seek public views on English language

Pemandu conducts online survey to seek views on English language

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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15d_A_SvKCO05uYHGhGhgy7J-TfEHry5Ap6YhzuWXB6U/formResponse

PETALING JAYA: The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) is conducting an online survey among Malaysians on the importance of English-language proficiency.

In the introduction to the ­seven-question survey, Pemandu said it would be seeking the anonymous views of Malaysians on the need for English fluency.

“The survey takes no more than a minute to complete. The survey is anonymous. No personal data will be captured.

“We also seek your support in increasing our outreach. Please forward the survey link to others who may be interested to participate,” said Pemandu in the introduction to the survey.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/10/07/Gauging-need-for-English-Pemandu-conducts-short-online-survey-to-seek-public-views/

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