Having claimed that the Education Ministry had failed in its policy with regards to the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English in primary schools, they now say that the teaching of English will now begin at pre-schools. It will interesting to see how such a policy will be implemented by the Education Ministry, and whether they will succeed with this policy. Definitely, the results can only be seen in no less than 5 years from today, or thereabout.
We were taught in military schools that if having failed in a particular piece of military operation, we should not try to force another plan with the view to winning the failed military operation. The military term used here is ‘to reinforce failure’, because reinforcing failure will lead to more failure.
In planning a military operation, we should not allow a situation where the enemy can overwhelm us. If we allow the enemy to overwhelm us, and to take control of the battle area, it will be much more difficult for us to regain what has been lost. The option to adopt when faced with such a situation would be:
1. To be reinforced early using the reserves available before the enemy is able to overwhelm us, with the view to sustaining the battle, and weakening the enemy’s resolve.
2. If reserves are not available, to withdraw to be regrouped to fight another day’s battle; thus avoiding unacceptable losses.
Taking the military lessons described above, I would have thought that a better option to resolve the problem faced by the Education Ministry in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English is not to rescind the policy, but to adopt a two prong solution i.e. to continue with the current policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English, and simultaneously impose the policy of teaching English at pre-school. This option is much unlike what the government has adopted i.e. rescinding one existing policy and introducing another policy that is totally different and with uncertain results. This is quite similar to term ‘reinforcing failure’ that I have stated above, that is likely to end in disaster.
I know that to adopt the option that I had described is not an easy one because it requires a lot of English teaching staffs to be trained. But what we shall get in the end are more and better trained teachers that a proficient in English.
And is this not what the government wants to achieve at the end of the day? More English speaking teachers.
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