Sunday, October 24, 2010

Malaysia's Top Hits - The PPSMI issue..


You just cannot hide it !!  It's all over the country. It's all over the local newspapers.. It's been said over and over again..  Everyday !!!
Now I'm wondering... Who is listening ??
I just have to keep highlighting it every now and then...
In today's NST papers, 24 Oct. 2010...., there are 7 voices:

BILINGUAL OPTION: It's like learning all over again

I REFER to "Bilingual options for students and teachers" (New Sunday Times, Oct 17). I was from the pioneer batch of Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy in 2003 when I entered Form One.

Switching from Bahasa Malaysia in Year Six to English in Form One was difficult for me. It was like learning Science and Mathematics all over again.

But I am glad that move came along because I am now studying in a local university and it is so much easier to learn because most of the subjects are taught in English.
When I first entered the university, I had friends who could not even string together a simple sentence in English. Three years later, their English has improved tremendously due to exposure to the language. How is this a drawback?

Students who enter Form One in 2012 are going to face double hurdles, learning Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia and then in English, when they enter Form Six or other higher learning institutions. As a student, I would not wish this switch upon anyone else.

Kuala Lumpur

BILINGUAL OPTION: Let us use English

AS a parent with three children in national schools, I would like the option to continue with the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy. I feel that we should encourage our children to excel in their studies in any language that they are proficient in.
Although some quarters have said that it is not necessarily important for our graduates to be speaking the Queen's English, it is important that if and when they communicate in the English language, it is comprehensible and understood.

Sadly and shockingly, I have come across professional working adults unable to speak coherent English, which makes conversation very frustrating.

As much as I would like my children to master our national language, they would reach their potential faster using English.

I am not objecting to those who are more comfortable with their mother tongue but let us have the means to help our children progress in a predominantly English-speaking world.

Kuala Lumpur

BILINGUAL OPTION: It is disruptive

WE must not teach Form Four students Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia in 2012 because by then, all of them would have had nine years of studying the two subjects in English. It will be most disruptive for them.

It is mind-boggling to think that after only two years, the students would have to learn the two subjects in English again for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examination and when they enter universities.

This will surely make affected students and their parents angry.

Kota Kinabalu,


MALAYSIANS have never been against Bahasa Malaysia as our national language. In fact, we support the use of Bahasa Malaysia as the language of unity.

There are many non-Malays who are proficient in Bahasa Malaysia. I know of tuition centres where some Bahasa Malaysia teachers are non-Malays.

But our government has failed to recognise the importance of English in its transformation programme.

Kuala Lumpur 

BILINGUAL OPTION: What's at varsity?

WHEN I sat for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination last year, I was puzzled as to why the examination papers for Science and Mathematics were in two languages when we had studied them in English. It was confusing.
Next year, those in Year One are going to learn the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia. How will they fare in university?

As we all know, Science and Mathematics are taught in English at higher learning institutions.

Kuala Lumpur

BILINGUAL OPTION: Reconsider move

EVER since the Education Ministry decided to abandon the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy, there have been many appeals and calls to continue teaching the two subjects in English.

More people are now showing an interest in private and international schools.

Though these schools are costly, parents are willing to incur the cost so that their children will be able to learn the two subjects in English. Hopefully, the government will reconsider its decision.

Negri Sembilan


I AGREE with Mak Chee Kin, Datin Freida Pilus and Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim that the whole academic bilingual transition should start at the bottom (i.e. Year One) and progress henceforth until the students have finished their secondary school education at Form Six, and not change anytime in-between.
What will be carried out will instead only serve to confuse the students instead of augmenting their grasp such subjects.

I sincerely hope more concerned parents will make themselves heard.


Are our voices heard??
Have a nice day........................

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