Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Malaysia Education System Going Backward

During the recent Learning of Science and Mathematics Roundtable Conference, attended by 45 academicians and representatives from non-governmental organisations, who wanted the government to revert to teaching of the two subjects in BM. Hishammuddin is listening to those 45 goons.

William Ghani Bina, the president of STU said that we respect BM as the national language, but to revert to the teaching of Mathematic and Science in BM should not be done in haste. He also stressed that English proficiency was necessary to enable students to compete globally.

I totally agreed with William Ghani and it look like the 45 goons who attended the Learning of Science and Mathematics Roundtable Conference want our education system to go backward. They want Hishammuddin to revert the system. They want the Melayu to know Bahasa Melayu. They expect the whole world to know Bahasa Melayu. Sound like a kuno Malay mentality to me, as I know modern Malays would want to equip their children with better education, including mastering English language.

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From TheBorneoPost

Do not rush to revert to Bahasa Malaysia

By Jacob Achoi

Thorough study must first be conducted, says STU president

KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) said the government should not rush to revert to the teaching of Mathematic and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

Its president William Ghani Bina pointed out that a thorough study must first be conducted before any decision was made. “Academicians, professionals and experts must conduct a study first.

“STU and myself are not challenging the integrity of Bahasa Malaysia. Actually we respect BM as the national language, but to revert to the teaching of Mathematic and Science in BM should not be done in haste.

“The government must first carry out a thorough study, taking into various aspects like the education system, syllabus, learning and teaching methodology, and the facilities available,” Ghani said when contacted.

Ghani, who is Sarawak chairman of Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public Civil Service (Cuepacs), said this in response to the Learning of Science and Mathematics Roundtable Conference, attended by 45 academicians and representatives from non-governmental organisations, who wanted the government to revert to teaching of the two subjects in BM.

The policy to teach both subjects in English started in 2003, and Ghani said: “Five years to assess the situation and to come up with a conclusion is too short a time frame.”

He stressed that the teaching of the two subjects in English should be done in ‘one full circle’ — from Primary 1 to Upper 6.

Ghani said English proficiency was necessary to enable students to compete globally, adding most of the reference books for the two subjects were written in English.

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From TheNewStraitsTimes

Sarawak union proposes additional training for Maths and Science teachers

KUCHING, SUN:

The Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) has proposed the education ministry provide additional training to Mathematics and Science teachers, instead of abolishing English as the medium for teaching the subjects in primary schools.

At the same time, STU president William Ghani Bina said reviewing the present syllabus for the subjects could be the ideal solution.

This, he said, was because some teachers complained there were too many subject contents for both subjects while the timeframe to cover all contents based within school periods, was too short.

“Five years is also too short a period to measure the success or failure of the present policy on Mathematics and Science. Therefore, it should be extended for a certain period of time,” he told Bernama here today.

Ghani suggested that the syllabus be trimmed to focus on improving the fluency of the English language at certain stages before moving on to master both subjects in English.
Commenting on a call by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to revert to the old policy of teaching both subjects in Bahasa Malaysia, Ghani said the ministry should not bow to pressure or be influenced by those who are against the curent policy.

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1 comments:

Brian Jong said...

Not only Science and Mathematic, subject such as Geography, Economy, Business Study should change to English so that this can compete globally not just science and maths...my advice

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