Published: Saturday October 13, 2012 MYT 3:05:00 PM
Updated: Saturday October 13, 2012 MYT 7:45:24 PM
25 more English Teaching Assistants for Malaysia in 2013
By NELSON BENJAMIN
JOHOR BARU: An additional 25 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be brought into the country next year to help enhance students' proficiency in the language.
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the 50 existing ETAs who are currently assigned to Malaysia have helped boost English proficiency in the schools that they are assigned to.
“We hoped for more but the United States Government was only able to provide us with 25 new ETAs next year,” he told reporters after officiating the Young Teachers 1Malaysia gathering here on Saturday.
The ETAs were assigned to the country under the Fulbright English Teacher Assistantship programme, which aims to enhance English instruction in local secondary schools in Johor, Pahang and Terengganu,
Under the programme, young American graduates from various universities in the US, majoring in diverse fields, are placed in schools in different districts to assist English teachers.
The programme, jointly administered by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) and the Education Ministry. allows native speakers to provide interesting information and insights about the English language, American society and culture to local students.
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