Thursday June 21, 2012
Chinese language a must for trainees
IPOH: Students aspiring to become Chinese school teachers at all 27 teachers training institutes (IPG) nationwide must take up Chinese language as an elective subject, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
This is to ensure higher quality Chinese teachers besides addressing teacher shortages, he added.
“The ruling will apply to the next batch of 490 students, of which 60 of them will be enrolled at an IPG campus in Ipoh,” he said after visiting the campus in Hulu Kinta yesterday.
In KLUANG, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) had disbursed loans totalling RM44bil to almost two million students as of April.
He said the list of successful applicants for places at local universities was expected to be released next month.