I was in a "kopitiam" one day, across the table, there was this lady I guess she was in her mid 30s, she was berating her son in this manner," Why your English so bad one ? send you to English tuition,also no improve one"
She was incensed because her son son could not pronounce correctly the word "Carlsberg" from a beer ad poster plastered on the wall, instead the son pronounced it as "Kar,bird" something like that. Period.
The recent survey by a so called "federation of employers",it claims that 80 % of the local Uni graduate could not master English well during interviews and I can testify that it is true,yet alarming, I'd come in contact with some teachers, sad to say their English command is just bad.
What is actually and exactly wrong with the deteriorating standard of our English? Could it be that our Edu policies are always controlled by political pressure or patronage,thus our Education policies are always flip-flopping,I don't know?
Come next year when the policy of "Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and strengthening Bahasa English" or MBMMBI is fully implemented, I just wonder what would be the measures in place to Strengthen English language?
You know I love talking to those teachers who had their education in the 60s into the 70s just love their command of English,sadly when it came to the 80s and when English was done with being the main medium, it has been nosediving all the way already.
So when our DPM commented that he could not understand why after 13 years of early education (primary to secondary), many of our students still could not master English well, I think he should be asking himself instead, for being the Education Minister?
P/S : So, when they flip-flop,our goal and vision stops