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Sunday, May 9, 2010

POLITICS vs EDUCATION...

POLITICS vs EDUCATION...
1.   I hate politics... because politics can be dirty... Full stop!

2.   Do not mix politics into education.... It can kill our future generation... Simple as that...

3.   Politicians are supposed to be leaders and NOT followers.... Bare in mind, not all politicians are good leaders ...

4.   As leaders of the country, you are supposed to bring the nation into greater heights. Turn the country into a fully developed nation and well recognized by the world... Bring Malaysia into a level where the world looks upon us as an example to follow.... That's good leadership !!

5.   One great leader Malaysia have ever produce is Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Even the Japanese once said: "Why wasn't Dr. Mahathir born as a Japanese?". Good leaders are hard to come by....Very true...

6.   Dr. Mahathir had already laid a brilliant idea for us to continue.. He had introduced the "Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) and it has already shown positive signs of development to our generation... More and more students benefit from this new movement. The command of the English language is getting better and better among Malaysians... Even parents have upgraded their proficiencies in the English language because their children going to school have to learn Maths and Science in English. "Ustazs" and "Ustazahs" are already speaking English among the teachers in the Staff rooms so as to improve their communication skills.

7.   Politicians can be hypocrites !  To stay on as politicians, they make decisions what the public wants. Just to follow the slogan "Rakyat didahulukan, pencapaian diutamakan" (People first, achievement later...., hah, ha..). These politicians have sons and daughters. They send their kids to private schools that are English educated.  Hypocrites!!! So, the "rakyat" go to Malay Medium schools....

8.   Bahasa Melayu teachers who are so vocal on the MBMMBI issue, send their children to English tuition classes because they know how important the English language is... In school, they hate the PPSMI so much because PPSMI teachers are paid allowances for teaching in English... And they (BM teachers) don't get the "piece of the cake". This is just a mere case of money and jealousy...  Typical Malays...

9.  A word to the Malaysian politicians/leaders. "Have some sense when making decisions". The future lies in your decisions made today in Parliament. Do not make stupid decisions because the country will fall because of it... We have already wasted 5 years under the fifth Prime Minister. Do not do any more blunders...

10. Forget about your political views, your UMNO, PAS, DAP or PKR...  Just don't mix politics into Education,  because if you do..., Malaysia will never be a developed country !!

I rest my case... Make your comments...
Have a nice day....

p/s
These two Letters in the local papers do help...

We cannot afford to ignore the importance of English

READING the letter by Dr Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed and Dr Megawati Omar of the Research Management Institute, UiTM, Shah Alam “Stick with English” (The Star, May 7), I was struck by what they said that our children lament that the moment they are out of school, they discover that they need English in almost every aspect of their daily and academic lives, especially if they live in cities.
They have been so handicapped that even in the day-to-day functioning of their lives, these students and graduates seem to be dysfunctional. Switching back to Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of teaching the important subjects will only serve to aggravate the situation, leading to future Malaysians unable to compete in the global arena.
If I am not mistaken, one of those reasons given by the Education Ministry to switch back to Bahasa Malaysia as the teaching medium for these two subjects was that the rural students have been unable to cope with English and have been “marginalised” in examinations. But do we want our rural students to continue to lack behind even in the day-to-day life in Malaysia, not to mention that they will be severely handicapped when they leave the country?
Do we want to see Malaysians, especially the rural children, fall behind and live lives filled with insecurity and inferiority because of their deficiency in the English language? Do we want to remain in the backwaters of progress, while even countries like Indonesia and Vietnam forge ahead?
We should re-think over this issue. Can our leaders rise above parochial politics, or do they waver at the first sound of the naysayers?
TAM YENG SIANG,
Petaling Jaya.

Court: It’s OK to teach Science and Maths in English

By M. MAGESWARI
mages@thestar.com.my


KUALA LUMPUR: In a test case brought by four students, a High Court has ruled that it is constitutional for Mathematics and Science to be taught in English.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh decided yesterday that two circulars on the policy to teach Science and Mathematics in English in national and vernacular schools did not contradict Article 152 of the Federal Constitution. (Article 152 states that the national language shall be the Malay language.)
The suit, filed by Mohammad Syawwaal Mohammad Nizar, Mohammad Fadzil Nor Mohd Rosni, Nur Najihah Muhaimin and Syazaira Arham Yahya Ariff, sought a declaration that the circulars dated Nov 27, 2002 on the execution of the policy was unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect.
In addition, they sought to declare that the Government had no power and privilege to introduce, enforce and implement the policy.
They also sought to compel the Government to change or restore the policy according to the provisions of the Federal Constitution and written law.
In their originating summons, the students claimed that the policy had been enforced without taking into consideration Article 152 of the Constitution and laws like the National Language Act 1967 and Education Act 1996.
At the time of filing the suit on Jan 20, 2006, Mohammad Syawwaal was a Year Four student in SK Batu Tiga, while Mohammad Fadzil and Nur Najihah were Form Three students in SMK Tok Muda Abd Aziz and SMK Seri Perak, respectively. Syazaira Arham was a Form Four student in Madrasah Idrissiah.
The four filed the suit through their fathers Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, Mohd Rosni Abu Bakar, Muhaimin Sulam and Yahya Ariff Kamaruzzaman.
Justice Mohd Zawawi dismissed their civil action with costs after hearing clarification by the parties.
The four students were represented by lawyer Mohamed Hanipa Maidin while Senior Federal Counsel Suzana Atan acted for the Government - the sole defendant.
Speaking to the media, Suzana said the judge dismissed the students’ originating summons because Malay language was still being maintained as the main medium of instruction in schools.
Mohamed Hanipa said the judge held that even if the Education Act stated that the Malay language should be the main language, it still meant that other languages could also be used in schools.
He said he would appeal against the ruling as it involved constitutional issues and public interest.

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Does these help??

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