English as Compulsory Pass Subject in SPM

by BerryBerryTeacher

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Similar to the confirmed announcement that Sejarah (History) will be made a “compulsory pass” subject in SPM in the future, English will soon follow its footstep. Berry Berry Easy brings you a summary of the reported news.

English to be Made a “Compulsory Pass” Subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Examinations


What: The English language paper in SPM will be converted to be a compulsory pass subject in the future.
When: “Not very far away” as announced by Education Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.


  • English in SPM level will be made a compulsory subject to pass, just like for Bahasa Malaysia (currently) and Sejarah (in near future).
  • This will only happen when a new curriculum is implemented. (It should be noted that MOE is always reviewing the English syllabus.)
  • Prior to that, there must be sufficient English language teachers in Malaysia.
  • At the moment, the Education Ministry (MOE) is examining and evaluating the issue.
  • Presently, English is not a must-pass subject in SPM.

How do we get there?

  • MOE has added study components involving grammar and literature into the syllabus.
  • There will also be extra English periods for students.
  • To improve the quality of English in the country, 50 Fulbright English teaching assistants will arrive in Malaysia early 2012.
  • The transformation in the English curriculum will take time and they can only be seen in 2-3 years time.

Is this a positive move by MOE to make English a must-pass subject at Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) level? Would this improve the command of the English language among young Malaysians? Berry Berry Easy would like to hear from all Berry Readers.

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