MUET adopted since 2017 to gauge teachers' English proficiency - MOE
Last update: 24/05/2019
Dr Maszlee Malik
PUTRAJAYA, May 23 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian University English Test (MUET) had been selected as a test for English language teachers to gauge their level of proficiency since 2017, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement today.
According to the ministry MUET was also used for English Language option teachers who have yet to achieve the minimum proficiency level of C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
“We decided on MUET as the test had been developed by local experts and was evaluated based on CEFR. It is also being implemented three times a year throughout Malaysia and is relatively cheaper than other tests.
“The MOE also allows teachers to sit for tests other than MUET which are aligned with CEFR such as Aptis and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), it said.
The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) recently opposed the MOE's directive requesting 20,634 English language option teachers who have not taken any proficiency test to pay and sit for MUET in December, to determine their level of English proficiency.