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Sunday, January 27, 2013

OH MY ENGLISH.....

OH MY ENGLISH.....
ENGLISH.... ENGLISH... ENGLISH...
PPSMI... PPSMI.... PPSMI...
MBMMBI... MBMMBI...MBMMBI...
PBS... PBS... PBS....
BISP....BISP....BISP....
ENGLISH MEDIUM...., ENGLISH MEDIUM....

This never-ending education "oopsy doopsy, ups and downs, trial and error" policy by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia have gone "out of our mind"....
Making mistakes after mistakes, making drastic changes within a few years of implementations, not wanting to wait to see the outcomes, "one minister, many policy changes", you name it....... It's all there in the Education Ministry....
This will never end...
Teachers go through all sorts of courses almost every year...
Teachers get unnecessary stress, burdens and workloads...
Parents don't know which one to follow.... Things change every year..
Text books change every few years...
Students get confused.... A few years in Bahasa Melayu, next few years in English.., then back to Bahasa Melayu... So confusing maa.....

I came across this article in today's local newspaper - written by Tunku Munawirah Putra in the Sunday Star.
Here's what she wrote:

1.  The fact that we need to hire English teachers from India is a testament that India has done the right thing with regard to English in their education policy.
Bear in mind that it too was a British colony and is grappling with similar issues like bilingualism or multilingualism. There is no question as to the position of Hindi being threatened by English; however, there seems to be a healthy coexistence between the two languages, more so than that of a cannibalising one.

2.  In India, English is a second language as well as an official language, much like what it is supposed to be in Sabah and Sarawak.
In the bigger cities in India, they have maintained English medium schools, like we once did.
Had we continued with the English medium schools, we wouldn’t be considering importing English teachers now. Instead, we would have been able to groom our own talent pool, grown the economic pie and, like India, have the opportunity of exporting such talent.

3.  In the Malaysian Education Blueprint, shift 4 outlines the plan to transform teaching into the profession of choice. However, the implementation process of ensuring that it achieves its objective and outcome leaves much to be desired.
The intent to recruit only the top 30% of graduates for teaching seems to be a good benchmark, but whether the candidates are of the right calibre or would consider this profession is a different ballgame.

4.  There are 410,000 teachers in the country, but only half of them deliver satisfactory to effective teaching, while the other half do not meet the satisfactory standard. Another relating statistic shows that half of the teachers will continue teaching for the next 30 years.
The blueprint admits that 50% of the teachers do not meet the satisfactory standards, but what if they stayed on for the next 30 years?

5.  Finland, an example of the most successful school system in the world, takes pride in their teachers who are given the same status as doctors and lawyers.
The highly qualified teachers are selected from the top 10% of the nation’s graduates and are required to have a master’s degree in education, which is fully funded by the state.

6.  The most successful countries’ education systems are distinctive in not just whom they employ but what they do when things go wrong. Finland has more special education teachers than anywhere else in the world.
It took Finland 40 years to transform its education system into what it is today.
(*It took only 7 years for Malaysia to change the PPSMI policy to MBMMBI - I said this.)

Well... that's the education scenario in Malaysia....
So.., when will we be a developed country?
2020??
Hehehe...

Have a nice day...

2 comments:

IndaMarya said...

Dear Dahasry, 2020 is 7 years to come..sat saja tu..I think kita tetap akan di tahap lama juga.yg akan nmpak ialah tukar tu, tukar ni,,sebenarnya habuk pun tk dak.balik2 benda tu juga.Yg pening cikgu, yg stress cikgu, yg banyk di wad gila cikgu..its easy to say than done."Malaysia boleh " is still relevant? wat say you..

DESS said...

Dear IndaMarya:
Thanks for commenting.
I believe we are on the same side. This ever changing education policies by the ever changing Education Minister is driving teachers CRAZY !!!
2. Betul kata you tu.. Tukar ini, tukar itu - habuk pun tak dak. It's the same thing all over again...
3. What is important is the teaching experience that we gain over the "years of teaching". WE CANNOT BUY EXPERIENCE. We have to go through them to gain experience. So, new teachers - don't pandai-pandai nak ajar the seniors !!!
Kah, kah kah...
4. Malaysia Boleh?? Malaysia selalu tak boleh, maa... politikus mari, hancur semua !!

Have a nice day, IndaMarya.

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