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?
Well, well, well... something solid here !!! Let's not spoil our future generations..
Have a nice day...