Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Education Minister, New Policy...

Many educationists in the country are still in a bind as to why the call to abolish exams had cropped up when there seems no apparent reason to do so. After debates of whether to teach Science and Maths in English or Bahasa Malaysia or whether to change classes to one-session or maintain the two-session system, the whole country is now embroiled in a significant debate ‘to abolish UPSR, PMR, SPM exams or not'.
Why the need for changes in our education system now, was there a study conducted and found that our current system was not competent? I really fail to undersatand...

Why is it that every time a new minister takes over the education portfolio, there are calls for some kind of drastic change in the system? Why?? Why can't the Education Minister not be a politician... Politicians always make mistakes !!
Just a few years ago, there was heated debate which centered on whether to teach math's and science in English, Bahasa Malaysia or rather Bahasa Melayu, a debate that resulted in a compromise that saw both subjects taught in English for an interim period before calls to revert to Bahasa Melayu.
Reason: Teachers found it difficult to teach both subjects in English because they were not proficient in the language??? True, very true.., because the present batch of teachers were educated in the "Malay Medium".
Who made that mistake?  Politicians !!!

The Education Ministry said it would be holding a roundtable discussion to seek the views of various groups on the government's proposal to do away with the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), on July 19 and 27.
Question: Can a round table discussion decide the destiny of education?
Answer: Hah ha..., he, he..., hu, hu....

In contrast, a senior educationist in the country said "This is neither the time nor platform to debate on the issue of exams, as there are more pressing issues in schools that need to be tackled, especially students playing truant, gangsterism, bullying, increase in number of pregnancy among school children, quality of teaching in schools, etc." This is very, very true......
He added that despite having to sit for exams and close monitoring from parents and teachers, there has been an increase in the ‘ponteng sekolah' culture and gangsterism among students, imagine what will happen if exams are scrapped.

It is indeed a shame to hear headmasters especially, coming out in support of abolishing UPSR and PMR. Teaching is a noble profession and teachers are evaluated and respected for helping their students achieve the best possible results in examinations and guiding those who do not achieve the desired results.
Are the days of teachers and headmasters showing passion and dedication toward their profession, numbered? Are these new batches of teachers today really teachers?

Let not the outcome of two round table meetings, decide the destiny of the education system in the country, because only a strong foundation in education can ensure the future of our young generation.

Remember.. Teaching is the only profession that produces all the other professions..Have a nice day....

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