17 Jan '11, 3pm

More young S'poreans speak English at home

SINGAPORE : The latest census has shown that more younger Singaporeans speak English at home compared to 10 years ago. This has raised concerns about the impact on learning mother tongue language in schools. Mr Naim Daipi is a retired Malay teacher who has taught for some 40 years. He concurs with the census that there has been a significant shift, with more Malay families using English at home. Among Malays aged between 5 and 14 years, 26 per cent use English now compared to 9.4 per cent 10 years ago. Mr Naim said it is clear that teachers have their work cut out for them to ensure standards in the Malay language do not deteriorate. The retired teacher, who is a member of the Malay Language Council, said: "The students will find it difficult to learn the Malay language and the teachers also difficult to teach Malay language to them because their vocabulary is very weak .....

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