In accordance with the Ministry of Education’s ‘Empowering Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening English’ policy, the Dual Language Programme (DLP) has been initiated at selected Malaysian primary and secondary schools beginning this year. A total of 300 schools, including R.E.A.L Schools, are now qualified to offer the DLP pilot programme which officially commenced in January 2016.
With that, all R.E.A.L Schools National have the option of conducting teaching and learning Science and Mathematics in either English or Bahasa Malaysia. For R.E.A.L Schools, only Junior 1 and 4 students from National Primary level (at all campuses) and Senior 1 students from National Secondary level (selected campuses only) are eligible to undergo this pilot programme.
Among the criteria set for schools seeking approval to run the DLP include:
- School must have sufficient resources and support to implement the programme
- The school’s achievements in Bahasa Malaysia would have to be on par or better than the national average
DLP aims to provide more opportunities and better platforms for students to enhance their English language proficiency. By strengthening bilingual fluency, the DLP provides students with life-relevant skills that enable them to compete globally and improve their future career prospects.