I just cannot believe that some high level politicians can be so inward looking. And I am referring to the Deputy Education Minister when he said that “the government would spend RM5 billion in its effort to improve the teaching and learning of English in schools”, and in the next breath he says that “ the government would save RM40 million a year from 2012 when the teaching of Mathematics and Science is carried out in Bahasa Malaysia”. What sort of an argument is this, coming from a supposedly learned Deputy Minister.
Can someone notice the contradiction in the two statements above? On the one hand the government would spends RM5 billion (note the amount), and on the other hand the government would save RM40 million (million and not billion). Do we see any sense and logic in the Deputy Minister's statement? Please compare the amount spend against the amount saved. What do we get in the end; a huge drain in government spending against a meagre saving, just to improve the proficiency of English in schools.
Why can't that RM5 billion (if indeed the government has the funds) be used to continue the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English, and at the same time to continue improving the proficiency of English in teachers? What we will achieve in the end are students and teachers that will be proficient in English. Isn't this what our education system wants to achieve.........students and teachers that are English proficient?
And looking at the comments and responses received from the general public over this issue, a large majority is against the abolition of English in Mathematics and Science in schools. There was one particular blogger who even vowed that he and his wife will not vote for the BN in the next general elections because of the failure of the government to seek the views of parents first. And even our former PM Tun Dr. Mahathir is against the abolition of English, and the early results of the survey in his blog indicates a high disapproval rating of the government decision.
What does all this mean? To the ordinary people, it shows that the decision of the government is one that appears not to have taken the peoples views into account. I now tend to believe that even the teachers and academicians may not have been consulted. Any discussions may have been within the walls of the Education Ministry only, and for the government to say that its decision is one that is good for the future of our children, and the nation is a blatant lie.
There goes the 1 Malaysia slogan.........Rakyat di dahulukan, pencapaian di utamakan. I hope this slogan is correct.
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