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Update on DLP (Dual Language Programme)



Quick Overview of the DLP (Dual Language Programme)

DLP which is short for Dual Language Programme is a programme where Math and Science are taught in English for schools approved to do so.  Please read our earlier post on What Parents Need To Know About DLP for a more detailed explanation.

The DLP was first implemented in 2016. 2019 will be the fourth year of its implementation. Here is a quick summary of how it is implemented in schools which have been approved to run the DLP programme.

2016 
Std 1
Std 4
Form 1

2017
Std 1
Std 2
Std 4
Std 5
Form 1
Form 2

2018
Std 1
Std 2
Std 3
Std 4
Std 5
Std 6
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

2019
Std 1 to Form 4

2020
Std 1 to Form 5

What Are The Schools Approved To Run The DLP?

At this point of writing, we do not have a list for 2019. For the 2016. 2017 & 2018 list, please read our earlier post on Complete List of DLP Schools (Note that the post mentions Selangor in particular but you can find the list for all states at the end of the post listed as First Cohort, Second Cohort and Third Cohort. You will need to look at all three to get the entire list)/

Is DLP Here To Stay?

Where are we headed and is DLP here to stay is a frequently asked question by parents. 

The Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia) recently uploaded an 18 page guideline plus 11 pages of attachment for the implementation of DLP wef 2018 (to replace its earlier guideline from 2015). This is an indication that it is here to stay and the implementation of it has been refined.

This post highlights pages 1, 3, 4 and 9 of the guideline. You can download the entire guideline from the MOE official website from this page. Look for the link that says 


Surat Pekeliling Ikhtisas Bil 8 Tahun 2018 (Garis Panduan Pelaksanaan Dual Language Programme (DLP) di sekolah-sekolah KPM Tahun 2018) 
- pada 5 October 2018


The first page of the guideline lists down the purpose and objective of the DLP. 
Page 3 lists down the criteria for selection of schools. The schools must have the resources, the head of school must have a plan on how to implement the DLP, there should be at least 15 written applications by parents and the school's UPSR or SPM results for the year before application should be the equal or higher than the achievement set by the MOE.

Page 4 lists down the procedure for DLP to be implemented in approved schools including the starting of DLP classes once the minimum of 15 students is achieved. It also states that once the school has been approved to start a DLP class, it must continue to Std 6 or Form 5 level even if the number of students drop below 15.

Page 9 highlights the action that is required by parents who wish to attend the DLP class for Standard 1, Form 1 and Form 4 levels in DLP approved schools. Parents must apply for placement on the given form during the first week of school. Once application is approved, parents must complete the consent letter. Should the application be rejected, parents must make an appeal within 7 days upon receipt of the letter of rejection. Finally, Form 4 students who have not attended DLP classes in lower secondary will be considered by the school based on the student's ability.

The rest of the document covers other guidelines including criteria for selection of teachers, curriculum, textbooks, assessment, withdrawal of student from DLP class,  transfer of student from one DLP school  to another, transfer of student from DLP school to non-DLP school, transfer of teachers and more.

In other words, everyone's role from PPD (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah) to Heads of schools, teachers and parents have been set out in detail. Since this guideline is dated 5th October, 2018, it would mean that DLP is here to stay, for now.





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