Prof John Philips spoke of the difficulty of adopting a policy of translation due to the high cost involved, and the vast amount of knowledge and information published annually and the periodic revision of books essential for education. He felt translation would not be able to keep pace with the frequent revision of books.
Dr. Lee said that the Ministry was already attending to the problems related to the teaching of English through a revised curriculum for primary schools.
The question of making English compulsory was not dealt with directly by any of the speakers perhaps because they all felt that there other areas to look into to improve the standards in English. SELC dean Assoc Prof Dr Edwin Vethamani remarked during the panel discussion that he doubted if standards in a subject could be improved by merely requiring a compulsory pass.