I believe strongly that TSMY is a strong and capable leader with respectable knowledge of international trade, agriculture and governance.
However, with the announcement that the PPSMI will be scrapped off in 2012, I am truly disappointed with the decision made by
- Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
- Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong
- Cabinet Malaysia
Throughout the week, Ministry officers, politicians and academicians were providing opinions and hints that the decision of the Cabinet will please all parties.
I disagree and I am totally unhappy with the decision made based on inputs from academicians, teachers, politicians, NGOs and I was told Tun Dr Mahathir was consulted also (confirmed in Tun's latest blog posting).
I wonder how TSMY and the Cabinet can argue their way out of Tun Dr Mahathir's reasoning as to why PPSMI must stay on. Read more
It is undeniable that our teachers are not proficient in English and face difficulties with PPSMI.
- is it not the case that our teachers were once students who went through SPM and STPM ?
- did our teachers fail to get a PASS or Credit in English when they were in school ?
The Education Ministry should have been firm and maintained the PPSMI with a periodic review of the policy to refine and improve it.
This is a victory for the politicians, language experts and students who were opposed to the PPSMI including NGOs like GAPENA, GMP and Dong Jiao Zong.
Their arguments provided to the Ministry are
- protect the status of Bahasa Malaysia and mother tongue
- many students will fail the exams
- people learn best in their mother tongue
PPSMI was introduced not to improve the students' command of English but to ease the process of learning, understanding and acquiring knowledge in Science and Mathematics.
The vocabulary and terms used in Science and Mathematics will never be mastered by the students via English Language Studies or the relatively new subject English in Science and Technology (EST).
My advice to the Malaysian community is not to hide behind the veil of "Preserving the identity and mother tongue".
WE go to school to learn, absorb as much material as we can and also discover new areas and knowledge.
We do not go to school just to acquire a piece of certificate, which is after all just a sheet of paper. What use will the certificate be if we come out being educated merely on paper but our brains are still empty ?
Our parents send us to schools with the hope that we will be successful and knowledgeable people, not just to get a certificate.
If the excuse is that students will fail due to the PPSMI, this is even more ridiculous.
Is it not the responsibility and duty of the student to alter his study strategies and double their efforts in school based on the curriculum set ?
Hypocrites are at large. True language fighters will not ask for the PPSMI to be scrapped. They will instead urge the Government to increase the minimum grade of the languages necessary to pass the SPM to be increased from the current P8 to C5 or C6.
I believe the Barisan Nasional Federal Government will be making several more decisions which will receive strong objections such as the Petronas BOD issue as well as the economic plan.
If Tun Abdullah Badawi had the "Proton-Tengku Mahaleel" headache, will Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak be ready for the "Petronas-TS Hassan Marican" migraine?