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Monday, January 29, 2007

Shame! Real SHAME!

"Varsity students do badly in MUET

By KAREN CHAPMAN

PUTRAJAYA: One-third of students who graduated from public universities last year have very low English language proficiency.

In fact, 29.2% of the 120,000 graduates scored Bands One and Two in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), which identifies them as “Extremely Limited User” and “Limited User” respectively..." (FULL VERSION)
I am totally speechless!!!
"We have turned down the request as this would not be fair to students, particularly those from rural areas." (???) Mustapa is a perfect idiot!
A standing ovation to the vice-chancellors' committee who had recently recommended that the ministry make it compulsory for students to score at least a Band Three before they graduate from university. But I proposed that they raised the standard to a Band Four, because any retard can easily get a Band Three. (No offence)
"Not worried over low English proficiency

UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia is not kicking up a big fuss over the low English proficiency among university students as it has high confidence in its students’ ability in the language.

USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said the university had been teaching science and mathematic subjects in English...
...“So, I will not kick up a fuss on this issue. Let someone else do it,'' he told newsmen after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Peradeniya (UPSL) from Sri Lanka..." (FULL VERSION)
This guy is smart. Actually it is up to the students to worry and 'kick up a fuss' because it is indeed the students' job to do so, no? He might sound cruel and selfish, but he's being realistic here. You see, if you suck in English, it is your problem and it is your own responsibility to do something about it. What do you expect? The university to come up with a committee to improve your language? Spoon-feed you? Find a solution to every of your problem?
"Maintain high MUET standards

IT IS really distressing to read your report “Varsity students do badly in MUET”(The Star, Jan 23).

It is disturbing to know that almost one-third of our public university students fall in Bands One and Two of the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), which indicates their poor command of English.

The recommendation by the vice-chancellors’ committee to make it compulsory for students to score at least a Band Three before they graduate from university is a move in the right direction and should be adopted.

In fact, it should be made a criterion for admission to university in the first place, especially for science-based courses.

Turning down the recommendations of the vice-chancellors’ committee would be jeopardising the students' future..." (FULL VERSION)
See what I mean? Almost 30% of graduates suck in English and some clowns (no, i'm not talking about the writer) still said this is 'high standard'? I quote Patrick Teoh, NIAMAH!!!
The English Language has been a national debate among institutions of higher learning, the Education Ministry, politicians, schools, parents, even among students. Some stupid clowns in the country still membangga-banggakan Bahasa Melayu and keep on wet-dreaming about Bahasa Melayu as international language.
"If during the reign of the Malacca Sultanate, Bahasa Melayu was used as the lingua franca, why not now?"
Well, mister, let me tell you something. This is the Information Age, not Stone Age lar! And you know what? In this Information Age, the age of your information is significant. And a lot of the clowns still wet dream about pre-historic. This is no wonder why Malaysia remains in the state she is now.
If we have a teacher who taught us to pronounce 'conscience' as 'corn-sa-yerns' and 'cough' as 'coach' what do you think will happen to our students?
It is indeed heartbreaking and sad to see or listen to the students speaking all broken, like the Ten Commandments, English. Or rather not English at all. Bahasa Rojak is the most appropriate to describe it. Some will disagree with me and defended that it is Manglish, a unique Malaysian English.
*roll eyes*
Puh-leez!!! Can't you add more insult to the already abused English? People going overseas for studying or working coming back adopting all the irritating fake ang moh accent is nothing to be proud of. Proper and correct do not mean following what other people do ("When in Rome, do what the Romans do" cannot be applied here). Plain and simple without the accent is nothing but perfect. And you cannot improve a perfection.
Back to Malaysia. I noticed that a lot of university students (note that I did not say all) really cannot speak proper English, or rather cannot speak English at all. And yet, they are too arrogant to listen when you say English is important.
Take my university (UUM) for example. People just don't speak English here. When you attempt to speak the language, people will shoot you the glance that says you are trying to show off! The Chinese speaks either Mandarin or their 'infamous' Penang Hokkien, the Malays speak their own pelat negeri (eg. "meh dengok ape abang nak habak"-Kedah, "apo khabe?"-bak Kelate, "kamek sik balit"-Sarawak, etc), Indians speak Tamils, etc.
The usage of English here is so limited to teaching by some lecturers, some newspapers, communicating with foreign students but not so much, well that's all I can think of. The reason that students here suck in English is simply because some lecturers couldn't even string a decent sentence in English or defend their ideas!
Some proudly claimed to have graduated from universities in the USA, UK and Aussie. I seriously doubt that. A lot of time I couldn't even understand a word some lecturers are saying. Their pronounciation, grammar, limited vocabulary are all WRONG!
You see, what do you think will happen to the students when you have a lecturer who tells the students that a 'physician' is someone who is an expert in physics instead of a general medical practitioner?
Enough said.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous clement said...

"they shouldn't be worried about their english"... ha ha, what a joke!! government is putting their priorities at wrong place... band 4 is ok already? hmmm... if they put band 5 as a requirement they will put in much more effort to improve their english!!

7:36 AM  
Blogger CLare said...

Hmm..a good one! Goverment is always like that de la...never learn from mistakes until they are really screwed upside down!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous clement said...

another thing which amaze me, how the hect they get a band 1!!?? can tembak and get at least a few hundred marks already la... unless they 1) intentionally fail.. 2) don't attend exams

10:10 PM  
Blogger nurulazreenazlan said...

hi clare,

this is interesting. and considering that MUET's standard is not that high in the first place, it sure is worrying if graduates passed with band 1 or 2.

i've sat for both MUET and IELTS, and the standards are worlds apart. or, continents apart (ok ok bad joke).

the ministry made me sat for MUET before i graduated, and it's useless as employers don't have a clue nor give a damn about MUET. i sat for the exam so i can graduate on time. and when i wanted to apply overseas i've to sit for IELTS pulak.

so now, either they jack-up the standard of the exam, or raise the passing 'acceptable' band.

3:00 AM  
Blogger nurulazreenazlan said...

hi clare,

this is interesting. and considering that MUET's standard is not that high in the first place, it sure is worrying if graduates passed with band 1 or 2.

i've sat for both MUET and IELTS, and the standards are worlds apart. or, continents apart (ok ok bad joke).

the ministry made me sat for MUET before i graduated, and it's useless as employers don't have a clue nor give a damn about MUET. i sat for the exam so i can graduate on time. and when i wanted to apply overseas i've to sit for IELTS pulak.

so now, either they jack-up the standard of the exam, or raise the passing 'acceptable' band.

3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why.. lots of people failed their interview because they request the interview to conduct the interview in Malay.... aiii...

11:56 PM  

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