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Friday, August 19, 2011

11 yr old says PPSMI good.., Education Ministry says PPSMI No Good..

Muhd Ikmal Hakimi and Irdina Hani Hakimi with their mock cheques.
An 11 year old boy, who won the primary school prize in the National Creative Science and Mathematics Competition 2011, said that he used English keywords in Science and Mathematics to find information on the internet.
Muhd Ikmal Hakimi, 11, and his sister Irdina Hani, 9, produced a seven-minute video clip to win the national competition. They surfed the internet using English terms related to Science, Mathematics and IT.

If an 11 year old could say that PPSMI helps them to win the competition, I fail to understand why the Education Ministry, especially the Deputy Education Minister himself, wants to remain firm with its decision not to revert back to the PPSMI after a survey made by the non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) found out that 66% of the rural folks wants the PPSMI to be continued.... Mara Junior Colleges have stated their stand NOT to follow the Education Ministry's directive to discontinue the PPSMI.

Remember this: You may be politically right, but you are educationally WRONG !!!

Attached here are the related newspaper clips:

Friday August 19, 2011

Star pupil’s quote proof of importance of English

MUHD Ikmal Hakimi, 11, and his sister Irdina Hani, nine, produced a seven-minute video clip that won the primary school category prize in the National Creative Science and Mathematics Competition 2011 “Siblings work their magic to win contest” (The Star, Aug 17).
Muhd Ikmal Hakimi said he preferred to search key words in English when he surfed the Internet. “I find that most of the information on the Internet, especially that related to Science, Mathematics and IT, is in English.”
Coming from an 11-year old, this must be the quote of all quotes for all PPSMI (Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English) advocates. And, if people in the Education Ministry need any further convincing that parents – and by extension their children – should yet be given the option of PPSMI, this quote should provide the wisdom they seek.
I venture to propose further that a “survey” be conducted among all parents, in urban as well as rural areas, who have children in school. Just let the parents of next year’s Year One and Form One students choose either English or Bahasa Malaysia for their children’s learning of Science and Mathematics.
The schools can then organise their classes accordingly. And let similar surveys be carried out for a few subsequent years.
Given that we have now more informed and knowledgeable parents who want the best for their children, I will not be surprised that many will agree with Muhd Ikmal.
If parents do not want their children to be impeded in their learning of Science and Mathematics, how can the Education Ministry not take heed?
LIONG KAM CHONG,
Seremban.


PPSMI  PPSMI  PPSMI

Ministry firm on Maths and Science policy

2011/08/19
By Suganthi Suparmaniam
sunganthi@nst.com.my
 What is the purpose of teaching the two subjects in English? If it is to help students master the English language, then it’s not working. — Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

deputy education minister
What is the purpose of teaching the two subjects in English? If it is to help students master the English language, then it’s not working. — Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi deputy education minister 
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is sticking by its decision to abolish teaching Mathematics and Science in English, or PPSMI, despite a recent study that found more than half of the people interviewed were in favour of the policy.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry would remain firm with its decision but would take note of the recent study by non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM).

The four-month study by JMM found that 55 per cent of 15,000 people interviewed preferred Mathematics and Science to be taught in English in schools.
The study also found that 66 per cent of parents from rural areas agreed that teaching Mathematics and Science in English would allow their children to build a brighter future.
The study was conducted in 33 schools in the country.

Puad said teaching the two subjects in English did not help the students to master the language but had instead caused them to fare poorly in those subjects. He said this was one of the main reasons for abolishing PPSMI.
Puad said it was his opinion and that of many academicians that these two subjects need to be taught in the students' mother tongues.

"What is the purpose of teaching the two subjects in English? If it is to help students master the English language, then it's not working," he said, adding that there was a lack of teachers adept at teaching the subjects in English.
He added that the government was serious in its efforts to strengthen the teaching and learning of the English language at all levels of schooling and had come up with various measures, including longer English classes in schools.

Asked if the results in the two subjects had improved after the reversal, Puad said it was too early to say.
He declined to comment on the plan by Mara Junior Science Colleges' to teach the two subjects in English.
"I don't know the rationale behind it so I cannot comment."

Bernama had reported that Mara would be offering the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education programme, equivalent to an O-Level certificate, at all 45 Mara Junior Science Colleges by 2016.

PPSMI, mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was implemented in 2003 to address the declining proficiency of the English language among students.
But in 2009, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin abolished PPSMI and announced that the two subjects would be taught in Bahasa Malaysia or in the mother tongue in vernacular schools from next year, while the teaching of English in schools would be beefed up.

** Again - just remember this:
YOU MAY BE POLITICALLY RIGHT, BUT YOU ARE EDUCATIONALLY WRONG !!!!

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