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Friday, April 8, 2011

PPSMI - Everybody's Happy Now....

Since the good news that the PPSMI (Teaching and Learning Science and Maths in English) might return...., scores of "Letters to the editor" in the local newspapers on this subject came up....
Those with vision acknowledges the move... and as usual, the negative thinkers blame the government for being a 'flip-flop' one... Just remember, the flip-flop government was the one before the present one. This one is the "people friendly" government... the 1Malaysia concept - 'Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan' (People first, Achievement preferred). So, the slogan speak for itself...
The Prime Minister himself is happy with the recent survey on the English proficiency for non-native speaking Asian countries. Malaysia came out first !!! So, to carry on with the PPSMI is just the right thing to do !!!

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday that he is proud of Malaysia’s position in English proficiency for non-native speaking Asian countries.
“(I am) very proud to see us (Malaysia) in 1st spot in English proficiency for non-native speaking Asian countries,” he said in his tweet yesterday.
The prime minister was commenting on the Education First (EF) English Proficiency Index Country Rankings released by EF, an international education company that specialises in language training, educational travel, academic degrees and cultural exchange.
Overall, Malaysia is in the ninth position among 44 countries listed with a 55.54 score (High Proficiency level).
But among Asian countries, Malaysia is first.
The report said Asia has a range of English proficiency levels from high in Malaysia to very low in Vietnam and Indonesia.
The wealthier Asian countries tend to have higher levels of proficiency, as would be expected from their higher rates of school attendance and greater invest-ment in private English courses, it said.
The report can be viewed at http://bit.ly/fC1uth


Now, see these jovial Malaysians:

Science and Maths in English: This shows our leaders care

I was overwhelmed with joy to read recently that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said that the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) might return and that the ministry would consider a dual medium of instruction.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was reported as saying the government would study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction for teaching science and Maths.
Syabas to our PM and DPM for taking into consideration the predicament of students like me who are in Form Three this year and will have to switch to learning Mathematics and Science in Bahasa Malaysia next year.
We are a frustrated lot because of the impending switch in the medium of instruction.
Having studied these two subjects in English for the past nine years, it is difficult to switch.
My friends and I have been having nightmares at the thought of how this switch is going to affect us and how we are going to cope.
We are grateful that the government is reconsidering this move. It shows that our leaders are aware of the implications if the switch is to materialise next year and they are keeping the people's interest at heart. Teaching the subjects in both languages will be the best solution to the problem.

DARSHINI SYLVIA FERNANDEZ, Seremban, Negri Sembilan

It's for survival

I AM glad that the education minister is studying the possibility of using two mediums of instruction for the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics.
It is taking heed of the people's feedback, judging from the number of letters to newspapers.
I am glad that he's at least considering it.
The appeals and arguments of the Parent Action Group Education and others have not been in vain.
English rules and, like it or not, it's the language for survival in the future.
A big hand to our prime minister in anticipation of the good news ahead. The motto advocated by him, "People First, Performance Now", is obviously true, as is reflected by his consideration of the matter.


LIM BEE HOON, Batu Pahat, Johor

Give us a choice

I AM a Form Three student. I can't help but worry about next year. Why? I heard from a few teachers and friends that Mathematics and Science will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia (BM) next year.
I urge the Education Ministry to consider the fate of students like me who started learning the subjects in English.
We were the first batch of students who were experimented on by the ministry.
We are comfortable studying the subjects in English. So, asking us to change to BM is not fair. After all, we only have another two years to go. Why not let those who started in English finish in English?
Education should not be an experiment as it involves the future of students. We should be included in the decision-making process and we should be given a choice in these matters.
We want our country to produce graduates who can compete globally. What is the use of having many graduates if they are afraid to compete due to their poor command of the global language?
Studying Science and Mathematics in English does not make anyone less patriotic. I love my country very much and I am proud to be a global Malaysian.

M. NADEN SURYA, Kulim , Kedah

My son is worried

MY son, who is sitting the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination at the end of this year, told me that he was worried about his studies in Form Four next year and the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination in 2013.
Firstly, he is worried that he will have to learn Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia and that would be a challenge for him as he has been learning both subjects in English since he started schooling in 2003.
If my 15-year-old son can express his concerns and worries over an issue that affects his studies, I am sure that many of his peers feel the same.
As students are a major stakeholder, I wonder whether their views are sought whenever decisions are made that affect them and future generations.

LEE CHENG POH, Penang

Let parents choose the medium of instruction

THE Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) is encouraged by the Deputy Prime Minister’s reference to the Prime Minister’s statement “that the Government would study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in schools” (The Star, April 5).
In our endeavour to assist in making this statement a reality, we wish to offer our humble proposal to the Government for consideration.
We propose that the two mediums, that is, Bahasa Melayu and English, be made an option for parents to choose from, in primary as well as secondary national schools.
We wish to suggest that the Education Ministry offer the options available to each and every parent as is provided for in the Malaysian Education Act 1996 and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “children are to be educated according to the wishes of their parents”.
Each parent is to indicate to their children’s school the medium of instruction preferred. The school will collate the preference which will determine the number of Science and Mathematics classes to be conducted in Bahasa Melayu and English.
Every national school, primary and secondary, will offer a minimum of one Bahasa Melayu and one English option class at every level. The rest of the classes, if any, will be taught in the language of choice (Bahasa Melayu or English) as chosen by the parents.
Examination questions and textbooks will continue to remain bilingual.
The propensity to learn is highest between pre-school and primary school, and allowing the English option to begin as soon as possible will ensure a smooth and seamless transition into STPM, diploma or pre-university levels.
There should be a concerted effort to gradually evolve into an English environment for both Science and Mathematics over a fixed period.
An appropriate strategy would be to help those teachers who still have problems implementing in English.
The sovereignty of Bahasa Melayu will continue to remain protected as the national language as is stated in the Federal Constitution.
The English policy had never advocated the learning of English via Mathematics and Science.
It had instead intended to acquire the knowledge that is found in mathematics and science through English, its lingua franca. There is a vast difference between the two.
To quote Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad: “Most other subjects taught in schools are relatively static, i.e. they don’t change much and little new knowledge is added with the passage of time.
“But Science in particular changes and advances rapidly, so that old knowledge can be actually displaced by new knowledge added almost every day as research is carried out.
“Almost all this new knowledge is produced in the English language. It is quite impossible to have all of this translated into Malay. We just don’t have people qualified in the different fields and fluent in both scientific English and Malay to do this.
“If there are, they would not want to spend a lifetime translating research papers and books.
“Failure to gain access to new scientific knowledge would mean we would be left behind.
“But if we study science in English, each scientist would be able to access the latest findings in his particular field by himself.”
DATIN NOOR AZIMAH ABDUL RAHIM,
PAGE Malaysia.

So..... there will be more tomorrow. That's for sure...
Have a nice day, PPSMI........

1 comment:

Arif Aiman said...

math dan sc dlm BM >.<
entah kenapa, tp saya syukur sbb dah habis sekolah..

1st, yap, bg student yang tak berapa pandai english, mungkin membantu, pmr dan spm mungkin akan lebih mudah difahami.. tapi, nanti di u, akan jumpa math dan sc dalam english juga ==

2nd, ohmaii.. kesian cigu2 kena tukar bahasa mengajar skali lg.. dulu siap hntr pergi kursus lg semata2 nak ajar student dalam english..

All The Best!

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