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Problems Faced by Students Mastering the English Language

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FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

OUMH1103
LEARNING SKILLS FOR OPEN DISTANCE LEARNERS

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Improving the Mastery of Soft Skills among University Students in Malaysia

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Recently Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin voiced his dissatisfaction towards the current Malaysian education system, and had since conducting a review towards it. This action is taken after the discovery that many students in tertiary educational institutions lack in competency and having difficulties finding a job. Many people, especially employers have known an important element which is missing from most of the university graduates; namely the soft skills. However this particular reason is never revealed to applicants that failed for the jobs they aimed for, and therefore they are left in the dark and never realized what went wrong despite their excellent grades. In many countries including Malaysia, basic education or primary education is mandatory and it focuses on reading, writing and ciphering. Malaysia for example has its own National Philosophy of Education, in which the education serves as the holistic development of individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and harmonious. The Philosophy also dictates that education should be designed to produce Malaysian citizens who are “knowledgeable and competent”, “possess high moral standards”, “responsible and capable of achieving a high level of personal well-being”, and will “contribute to the betterment of the family, the society and the nation at large.” Unfortunately the education system itself does very little in demonstrating the Philosophy that some teachers described it as a philosophy containing “big words that exist merely in theory.” While indeed students learned the basic skills (reading, writing and ciphering), it didn’t help students with developing basic soft...
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