Thursday, October 14, 2010


We still receive positive views from parents on the PPSMI issues (Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English) all over the country.. Being a loyal civil servant to the Malaysian Government, I'm not against the government policies, but certain issues on education need some second thoughts..
The PPSMI issue is certainly something to ponder about. Teaching in a high performance school like SMK Derma certainly give me an option to think of what is good for our future generation.. I really think PPSMI is a bonus to high achiever students... They really need those basic scientific knowledge in English to prepare themselves for tertiary education in or outside the country.. Their level of English is already good, therefore, with Science and Maths being taught in English would further boost their confidence and knowledge in whatever field they would pursue at university level... I could see this...
My views are shared by a lot more parents out there....

Thursday October 14, 2010 , The Star.

Teach Maths and Science in English

I REFER to the letter “What’s the criteria to assess an education policy?” (The Star, Oct 12) and I agree with the writer that six years is too short to determine that PPSMI is not suitable and call for its abolition.
As we are approaching 2012, the year that the Government will revert the teaching of Science and Mathematics to the Bahasa Malaysia medium, parents and students who wish to continue these two subjects in English are hoping for a miracle – that the Government will make a U-turn before it is too late.
Many parents have started looking for alternatives. Those who can afford to pay RM30,000 per year in school fees, are opting for international schools, others opt for private schools or studying in our neighbouring country. Some also choose home schooling which follows the overseas syllabus.
This leaves only those who can’t afford expensive school fees to turn to our local schools. If the school is the cradle to cultivate the 1Malaysia spirit, I can’t see how this can be done through so many different types of school and syllabuses.
Students have limited time to cope with so many subjects. They can’t afford to waste time doing translation. We must be clear that most of the books and materials related to these two subjects are available in English.
Our education system needs a change to provide the young generation a platform to compete with others in this globalised world, or we will see our children becoming “workers” for our neighbouring nations.
I believe the way to reach our Wawasan 2020 objective as a developed country lies in education. We were on the right track when PPSMI was implemented, so why are we killing the future of our nation?
George Town.

Science & Maths : It's the level of English that's falling


THE Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page) believes that to achieve the goal of a high-income nation as outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the policy of teaching and learning Science and Maths in English (PPSMI) in national schools is far more sensible than the policy that is replacing it, that is: upholding the Malay language and strengthening the command of English (MBMMBI). We would like to address the argument for MBMMBI by Mohd Solihan Badri from the Corporate Communications Unit of the Education Ministry ("Plan will boost BM, English" -- NST, Oct 11).

The problem is the deterioration of English language and not Bahasa Malaysia (BM).
The language to propel us forward in terms of science and technology is English. The main medium of instruction in national schools will still be BM.
At present, the syllabus provides that 60 per cent of subject hours in primary schools and 53 per cent in secondary schools (science stream) retain BM as the medium of instruction.

BM is also the official language for assembly and correspondence.
The option to uphold PPSMI is protected under Article 152 of the Federal Constitution, which ensures the freedom to teach and learn in other languages, including English.
In addition, the Education Act 1996 supports that "pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents".
The Education Act 1996 also states that "and whereas the purpose of education is to enable the Malaysian society to have a command of knowledge, skills and values necessary in a world that is highly competitive and globalised, arising from the impact of rapid development in science, technology and information".

If we want to achieve a skilled workforce to fill 3.3 million jobs that will be created as the government restructures the economy under the ETP, then we need to be serious about the prescription for the education system.
As it stands, the system is not fulfilling the needs of the nation as the knowledge, abilities and language skills of most graduates leave much to be desired.

There has yet to be any effort to address the inadequacies of the education system.
The assertion that students can understand their teachers better in their own language in this context is rather warped.
If this is true, then Chinese and Indian students in national schools would be underperformers. This is obviously not the case.
We have yet to see the outline and be convinced that the MBMMBI policy will improve and increase students' mastery of and competence in English.

The letter from Solihan does not prove that MBMMBI is superior than PPSMI in improving the competency of learning and using English language in line with achieving a competitive and globalised workforce.
Therefore, we urge the government to seriously consider PPSMI as an option for the schools that want it.


Tuesday October 12, 2010

What’s the criteria to assess an education policy?

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is adamant that we must transform to ensure that we do not fail as a nation.
The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) is of the view that one of the most obvious ways to transform ourselves is to take drastic measures to enhance the education system in the shortest possible time.
The teaching and learning of Science and Maths in English (PPSMI), which began in 2003, has been ongoing for the last eight years and will complete a full circle in another three years. Yet, before it can complete that circle, it has been interfered with and in 2009, it was decided that it ought to be abolished in 2012.
The Education Ministry took a mere six years to assess this policy.
The Government has now abolished PMR, which has been in existence since 1993, and it will be allowed to remain until 2016. It took the Ministry 17 years to realise that PMR needs to be abolished. Prior to this was the SRP, which took the place of LCE in 1978.
This brings to question what is considered a reasonable measure of time for an education policy to be assessed? Is it six years, 17 years, 32 years or somewhere in between?
We believe that PPSMI is a good policy and should be allowed to run its full course by remaining as an option alongside the usage of Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil in the teaching of the two subjects.
PAGE Malaysia,
Kuala Lumpur.
Well, well, well... something solid here !!! Let's not spoil our future generations..
Have a nice day...


Zack Aken said...

agree with you sir, can see the benefits of PPSMI when I'm in the university

DESS said...

Please tell the Malaysian community, Zack.. I have posted so many articles on this subject in my blog and FB, but...still they make the decision to scrap it. Habis lah generasi Malaysia....

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