Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PPSMI to carry on in MRSM...

Look what's happening now...........
MRSM, with students mainly from the rural areas, is to carry on with the PPSMI. Ha, ha, ha....
Let's see these letters to the Press:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ON Aug 6, Bernama reported that the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education would be offered in 45 Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) by 2016 and that the programme had been offered only at MRSM Pekan, Pahang, since early this year.
This means that English medium secondary education is offered at MRSM.
Many parent appealed to the government to allow their children to continue to be taught in English for Science and Mathematics (PPSMI) but the government is sticking to the decision to abolish PPSMI.
We are disappointed that our appeal is not considered, but MRSM is allowed to offer English-medium education at the secondary level.


Dear Concerned Citizens of this country,
On Wednesday 8 July 2009, The Star Newspaper Reported that:
The Cabinet has decided that the medium of instruction for Maths and Science will revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from 2012 onwards.
The reversal of the Teaching of Math and Science in English (PPSMI) policy will be done in stages, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.

Beginning 2012, students in Year One and Year Four in primary schools, and Form One and Form Four in secondary schools, will learn Math and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.
The change will not affect those in Form Six and Matriculation.

Why can Mara teach Maths and Science in English?

Free Malaysia Today
August 10, 2011
The government wants to abolish the teaching of Maths and Science in English next year but Mara junior colleges will teach the subjects in English under the Cambridge programme.
PETALING JAYA: Even Mara understands the importance of English. Their junior colleges have decided to offer Cambridge programme, said Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page).
Page chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said in a statement this showed that even Mara, which largely caters for rural Malays, understood the importance of the English language.
On Saturday, Bernama 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 (MRSM) in Malaysia by 2016.
Currently, Mara director-general Ibrahim Ahmad said, the programme is being offered at the Tun Adbul Razak MRSM in Pekan, Pahang.
He added that the programme, which has 180 students currently, would provide additional certificates for students to pursue their education abroad.
Lauding Mara for being far-sighted, Azimah said this showed that even Mara, an agency under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, did not agree with the abolishment of PPSMI (the teaching of Maths and Science in English).
“And they obviously bypassed the Education Minister’s (Muhyiddin Yassin) decision.Even rural Malay parents understand the importance of the English language as MRSM caters for rural students,” said Azimah.
While Mara was advancing itself with the Cambridge programme, Azimah said, the Education Ministry was taking a step backwards by abolishing PPSMI.
“And the reversal was decided without understanding the reason behind the poor command of English among our students. Muhyiddin himself admitted that he is clueless on it. So would the reversal help us to attain the desired standard of English proficiency?” asked Azimah.
She then called upon the government to reinstate PPSMI in national schools in order to create a level playing field among Malaysian students.
Whether she would call for the Cambridge programme to be offered in national schools, Azimah said it would be a dream come true if the government were to allow it.
“I believe they’re offering the programme in MRSM as it only involves 45 colleges which is easier to manage. The least the government could do for national schools is to reinstate PPSMI,” she said.
In 2009, Muhyiddin abolished PPSMI and announced Science and Maths would be taught in Malay effective 2012, in a move widely seen as to appease Malay language nationalists.
The PPSMI project, mooted by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was implemented in 2003 to address the declining proficiency of the English language among students.

Today, the Minister said schools can apply to have the PPSMI...  What a joke !!
Have a nice day...

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