He suggested that they use certain periods, other than English lessons, to promote the use of the language, such as during Physical Education classes.
“We in Johor have asked for the language to be properly taught in schools, and not by using English to teach Mathematics and Science.
“We support the government’s recent move to revert the use of the language for both subjects (to Bahasa Malaysia),” he said when launching The Star’s NIE (Newspaper-in-Education) project by 83 schools in Ledang at SMK Tengku Mahmud Iskandar in Sungai Mati yesterday.
The schools – 39 primary and 11 secondary (national), 22 Chinese, seven Tamil and four religious – would receive 30 copies of The Star each every Wednesday until the end of the term.
Abdul Ghani, who sponsored 25,000 copies of The Star for the NIE project, urged schools to encourage students to read and make English Literature part of their lessons.
Citing his own experience, he recalled reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens when he was a schoolboy and said that by reading widely, he mastered the language.
Abdul Ghani, who was accompanied by The Star Circulation and Audience Development Department general manager G. Damodaram, said he picked the newspaper as it used simple but proper English.
“I want to thank the Education Department, Ledang district office and SMK Tengku Mahmud Iskandar for their commitment in organising today’s event,’’ he added.
SOURCE: THE STAR, 25 JULY 2009