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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MEDIUM OF TEACHING...

I went through the comments made by Malaysians and others in Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Blog and Facebook on this similar topic - The Medium of Teaching... And out came this idea:

1.  Everybody is so concerned about having a single medium of teaching. Of course - in Bahasa Melayu... Apart from uniting Malaysians (in fact that's the only way to do so), we speak one common language. Fair enough for a multi-racial country like Malaysia. And...., it's working nicely for years and years...

2.  Everybody is so concerned about the English language - the standard of English among us. The standard of English is bad. Don't deny it... Don't blame the world. We live in a civilisation where English is spoken worldwide. You simply cannot ignore that fact. And..., we need to upgrade our standard of English. We need to learn English as an important subject. Make it a compulsory pass....

3.  The teaching and learning of Science and Maths in English (PPSMI). The idea is simple: killing two birds with one stone. Apart from learning science and maths in English, which is a bonus to our future generation, the standard of the English language will be upgraded automatically... For eight years, this programme have produced a positive result..., until some wise guys cancelled it. It was political. Everybody knew it...

4.  To sum up everything, it's simple...
Let the learning of these subjects in Malay: Bahasa Melayu, History (Sejarah), Geography (Geografi), Islamic Studies/Moral Studies (Pendidikan Islam/Pendidikan Moral), Living Skills (Kemahiran Hidup).
These subjects in English: the English Language, Science (including Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, all technical subjects (Technical Drawing, Technical Engineering, ICT and so on...)

5.  This is the best part: All students must take Mandarin and Tamil as a subject. The standard of Mandarin have gone down among the Chinese students themselves. Some don't even want to take the subject in the public exams. So do the Indian students. Not many Indian students take the Tamil subject in the public exams..  So...., we learn the Chinese language and Tamil as a subject in schools. Make it compulsory !!!
Just imagine..... all Malaysians speak Malay, Chinese (Mandarin) and Tamil in 5 years time??
This is interesting.... I like it...

So.., no more fuss on maintaining the SRJKC (Chinese medium) or SRJKT (Tamil medium).
Everybody is happy because every student go to school learning all three languages...., plus English.. Bravo!!!!

Have a nice day....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

my opinion

i.PPSMI can be done only in cluster and boundry school, because they are clever and they may persue their study abroad.

ii. But for ordinary school most of the student just the average , it is unfair for them to learn maths and science in english.To me if ppsmi continue, most of malay
student in romote area will left behind.

to me teh best language to teach is in malay because everybody can understand.

not all study and work outside malaysia only small percentage has a chance to do so,but the is a advantage if the student can speak and write many bahasa

thank you

DESS said...

1. That's why option should be given - between PPSMI and PPSMM
2. Not so. I taught in a rural school when PPSMI was introduced in 2003. 12 students in that school got A in Maths and Science in their PMR in 2005. It is not the students that creates problem. It's some of the teachers who were not well versed in English !!!
Now, the students are already working and they thank me for teaching them in English. They managed to get jobs after studying in local IPTs.

You see..., if you are positive in your thinking, you will succeed...
If you are negative, you'll get negative results !!!

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