Thursday May 3, 2012
Dr Mohd Puad: Sending trainee teachers abroad an investment
BATU PAHAT: Sending English trainee teachers overseas provides them with valuable exposure and improves their quality, said Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
He said sending teachers for overseas training was an investment and would offer good returns to the national education system.
“Investing in education should not be questioned as it is important to produce quality English language teachers,” he said here yesterday after attending the students' registration day of the newly-opened SM Sains Batu Pahat in Tanjung Labuh.
Dr Mohd Puad was commenting on National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan's comment in a Malay daily that the country has many good English language trainers and it was not necessary to send trainee teachers overseas.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would study a proposal to send English language teachers to England for training.
In another development, Dr Mohd Puad said the ministry has set aside 30% of places in residential schools this year for hardcore poor students and those from rural areas.
Dr Mohd Puad added that the new SM Sains Batu Pahat was the 64th residential school in the country and work was underway on four others.