Thursday, August 18, 2011

66% Says YES to PPSMI....

Now...., who says the rural folks don't want PPSMI??  Ah, hah... make your correction please.
A recent survey conducted by a Malay NGO (we have no problem with the Chinese and the Indians) found that most rural Malay folks want their children to continue with the PPSMI in schools. This is contradict to what the Minister of Education said in 2009 when a statement was made on the abolishment of the PPSMI.
I told you before..., this is all politics !!!
Let's read the exact news from the Press:

I'll copy it for you to read clearly:

Rural folk see brighter future using English

By Atiqa Hazellah

 JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah says rural parents want their children to be globally competitive
JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah says rural parents want their children to be globally competitive

KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty-five per cent of 15,000 people prefer Mathematics and Science to be taught in English in schools, according to a study conducted by non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM). JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah said it carried out the fourmonth survey, called “Dreams and Hope”, based on feedback from pare n t s.

“Fifty-five per cent of 14,982 parents agreed that they wanted their children to learn Mathematics and Science in English,” he said yesterday.

He said only 32.15 per cent wanted their children to revert to the teaching of Mathematics and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.
JMM distributed the survey forms to 33 schools.

Azwanddin said the findings proved that 66 per cent of parents from rural areas agreed that teach - ing Mathematics and Science in English would allow their children to build a brighter future.

“English is the main language in international conferences and events.
“Rural parents want their children to be globally competitive.” He said English was the lingua franca of international business, science and technology “The teaching of the two subjects in English is necessary if we are to move towards a developed-nation status and want to compete globally.” He said parents felt that the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English should be continued, or given the option to continue, as they saw it as a way for their children to be fluent in both languages.

Azwanddin said: “We will present the findings to the Education Ministry.
“We hope the ministry will consider whether students should be taught Mathematics and Science in English or Bahasa Malaysia.”

Another one in the Chinese Press:

Change again?

translated by Soong Phui Jee
Sin Chew Daily

I always wonder why changes are constantly made to our education. And why there are always problems every time after a change is made?
The policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English was hastily implemented in all primary schools nationwide on the name of "to improve the standard of English" before an in-dept study was conducted. Six years after the controversial implementation, an announcement was made three years ago that the policy would be repealed in phases, and the ultimate goal of recovering the previous policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in mother-tongues or Bahasa Malaysia was set.
In fact, some Malay educational organisations led by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka had opposed to the policy most intensely as they believed that it could bring negative impact to the Malay language development. As for the Chinese community, they insisted that primary schools should use mother-tongues as the teaching medium but did not oppose to teaching Science and Mathematics in English in secondary schools.
Therefore, the U-turn made to the education policy three years ago did not exactly meet the expectation of the Chinese community. Many people even believed that the decision was politically correct but educationally wrong.
We can see over the past three years that the Education Ministry has on the one hand continuously stressed the government's stand to "improve the national language's status", while on the other hand, said the government wished to "enhance the use of English". Therefore, all kinds of policies claimed to be able to improve the national language's status while enhancing the use of English have been proposed and implemented. We would never know whether these policies are effective but obviously, teachers have been working more tiredly, parents have been worried more while students have sustained a greater pressure.
It must be noted that the people have never ever opposed to the government's stand to improve the national language's status and enhance the use of English. However, they just do not want hasty and constant changes being made to the education policy, and wish not to see political intervention in education in which decisions are driven by political correctness, or meant to serve some kind of agenda.
From the hasty implementation, to the repeal in phases and the current status of "still under the study of the possibility of using two languages to teach Science and Mathematics in schools", the policy is so volatile and confusing. It has not only exposed our weakness of lacking an in-depth study and testing before a policy is implemented, but also highlighted that we lack a long-term vision and planning.
As a result, everything is messed up while the pressure on all teachers and students have been worsened. Frustrated teachers feel powerless while students nationwide have become guinea pigs of the educational reform.
Of course education should not remain static but seriously, fruitless efforts of making too many changes in ten years time without alleviating the pressure on students and improvement to the standards of Science, Mathematics and English language should never be made again!

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