Adzman (sixth right) and Dr Azhar (sixth left) at the national-level 'Ziarah Cakna Khas' opening ceremony at SK Ibu Khaldun in Kota Samarahan.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching has urged educators to improve their teaching and learning techniques of the English language to make it easier for students to master the language.

According to her, the Education Ministry is committed to adjusting policies and directions in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision (Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama) blueprint.

“The government is aware that mastery of Bahasa Melayu as the national language is important but at the same time, we cannot deny the importance of mastering English among students.

“Apart from that, we also need to tell the students from the beginning that they need to study hard and be competitive so that they can bring their families out of poverty,” she added.

The text of her speech was read by Education deputy director (school operations sector) Adzman Talib at the launch of the national-level ‘Ziarah Cakna’ programme at Sekolah Kebangsaan (Agama) Ibnu Khaldun here yesterday.

Meanwhile, state Education director Dr Azhar Ahmad, in his opening remarks, said the ‘Ziarah Cakna Khas’ programme was implemented to strengthen the caring school concept, especially in dealing with mutual distrust, as practised by Japan as well as to strengthen ties between the school and parents as well as guardians.

According to him, most schools implementing the programme emphasised student discipline issues.  

“Based on our records, the ‘Ziarah Cakna Khas’ programme for Form One and Form Four has identified a total of 1,015 dropouts and we have successfully returned 77 students to school,” Dr Azhar explained.

The event’s opening ceremony was held simultaneously by all states in Group B, namely Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

For Group A (Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu), the event was already held on Jan 9.

Adzman (sixth right) and Dr Azhar (sixth left) at the national-level ‘Ziarah Cakna Khas’ opening ceremony at SK Ibu Khaldun in Kota Samarahan.