Monday, 17 January 2011

Good luck PAGE, I pray that PM can be convinced to allow national schools to be given option to continue the PPSMI

Good luck to the hard working and deligent members of the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE), never, never give up as the struggle will be long and hard, patience will have its own rewards:

PAGE to submit memorandum on PPSMI to PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) plan to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday, calling for all national schools to be given an option to continue teaching Science and Mathematics in English.

Its chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the memorandum would highlight the main points discussed at the three forums entitled "A Discourse on Malaysia Education Policies - Science and Math in English as an Option" held in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur since last week.
She said the group was not against national schools but only wanted to ensure that school children were given the best possible education and taught in the most appropriate language.

"We are not against the policy of upholding the Bahasa Malaysia and strengthening the command of English. We just want schools to be given the option," said Noor Azimah, one of the panelists at the third forum organised by the group, here today.

Noor Azimah said Page was also seeking the support of parents who were all for Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI).

"We urge all parents in Malaysia to sign up as our members and with larger numbers, our presence and collective positions can be a significant contributing factor towards the formulation and implementation of all the future educational related policies in Malaysia," she said.

The PPSMI will be replaced by the policy of dignifying Bahasa Melayu and strengthening English language usage or "Memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan Memperkasakan Bahasa Inggeris" (MBMBI) in 2011. -- BERNAMA.

They could just get lucky as PM Najib is certainly in a very generous mood:

PM: National-type schools will not be abolished

KUCHING: National-type schools will not be abolished and the Government will continue to assist them as they are recognised by all races.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also said such schools facilitate the development of creative and innovative human capital with multilingual capability apart from being proficient in the national language.

He said Malaysia was the only country in Southeast Asia, which still defended the vernacular school system, through Chinese and Tamil national-type schools.

“In Malaysia, the national-type school is still being recognised and assisted by the Government.

“If we look at our neighbours, there are no more vernacular schools although they existed at one time,” he said when opening the new building of SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang Hilir, costing RM9.3mil here on Sunday.

He said that to ensure a fair policy for these schools, the Government allocated RM145mil in the country’s economic stimulus package for the development of Chinese national-type schools nationwide.

He added that the vernacular school system was recognised not only by the Chinese and Indian communities but also the Bumiputera due to the advantage that it provided in the learning of Mandarin and Tamil.

He said that since the Education Act 1996 was formulated, Chinese national-type schools attracted 55,975 Bumiputera students out of 612,000 students overall.

“The system provides a unique opportunity for the students to learn three major languages the national language, English and Mandarin,” he said.

He said that in achieving the vision of making Malaysia a developed nation, it was also pertinent for the people to be proficient in many languages, especially in Mandarin in view of the rise of China as an economic power.

“To make Malaysia a developed nation, we should not only emphasise on our children’s education but also on opening their mind to make them more creative and innovative,” he said.-Bernama

I think PAGE has a chance if they meet the PM to convince him to allow option for schools to continue teaching Science and Mathematics in English.

Very sadly for the Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua supporters I think we can forget about anything happening under PM Najib's watch.

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