again,Math & Science…what is at the end?

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out of my busy days, thank God for i still be given chance to breathe freely again..alhamdulillah

got some free time – instead of checking over my emails i once surfed The Star Online Malaysia news and what i found was kinda interesting. again, of teaching and learning math and science in english.

reading this one article made myself got tied in knots.though this is a common underlying issue that being argued long ago still it drives me something. i don’t know. no idea of why i am too bound up in this issue. for sure, when it comes to the matter of education and students, i am very much concerned. ( hehe.recently discovered in myself )

to make it short, according to an article from the star online, here are seven proposals summarised from four roundtables organised by the education ministry;

7 proposals:

~ Stick to Mathematics and Science in English;

~ Revert to Bahasa Malaysia;

~ Let primary schools teach both subjects in the mother tongue and secondary schools use English;

~ Let primary schools decide for themselves;

~ Mathematics and Science be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and mother tongue for Years One to Three and in English from Year Four onwards;

~ A combination of mother tongue in the first three years and a choice of mother tongue or English after that; and

~ The two subjects will not be taught in Years One to Three and instead be integrated into other subjects.

( dont u think some are ridiculous at the first place?..)

after the discussion, the ministry people were said to study the proposals and submit the ministry’s findings to the cabinet for a decision. (the article was written on 16th of dec 08)

this is okay, but the matter of fact is, when is it to be settled? there is about two more weeks to go before the schooling days start and so far there is no exact decision made. (or do i miss any latest news regarding this?)

one more subject to be pondered ; months ago i got wind from some very reliable source telling that new school text books for both math and science subjects have been distributed to schools. and guess what? it’s in Bahasa. so, what are the roundtable and those so-called wise proposals for? are they still relevant? or is this just an artificial political drama?? opppsss!..

i didnt mean to blame any party, neither the government nor the society. this is my poor thought,i know – has no value to dispute. yet as a teacher -to- be who is trained to love education profession and to do care of children’s future, i think this issue must quickly be solved. practicing democracy somehow wont bring any benefit in certain cases. the experts need to stand up,speak up and come up with the best decision.

do consider all sides – the children who are goin to go through the lesson, the teachers who run the lesson, and the country’s future. all are related. :idea:


14 responses to this post.

  1. i propose maths n sc education in english!! y? because this is the tyme we need to develop our level of education. dun makes an excuse because it’s in eng so it’s hard to understand. there’s always a way when there’s a will. Typical Malay thinking have to change.
    just my 2 cents. :)

  2. Posted by tomyamfan on December 24, 2008 at 11:40

    yeah,considering the future of our education level,its time to develop. this is no wrong.

    lets go bck to the very beginning, why Tun Dr. Mahathir insists on using english for math and science. bcoz the world uses the english language as the main language for information technology.

    anyway being once in teachers’ shoes, its pretty hard cuz not all math science teachers of today got solid english basic.

    so how eh?.. hmmm..

  3. Posted by sayaamin on December 24, 2008 at 13:11

    klu utk kebaikan bersama baik dr pihak pelajar atau guru2, lebih baik math ngn sains di kekalkn dlm bhsa ingeris. sbb tu adalah kemajuan. jgn takut krn gagal sekali sbb dari situlah kita belajar untuk naik lebih tinggi

  4. Posted by tomyamfan on December 24, 2008 at 14:12

    from society’s point of view..

    but wut do they say? how do the ministry view this issue as?..

    juz wait and see

    are they goin to consider children’s future or else they are being selfish.huhu

  5. there you are. the teachers themselves. that’s y all teachers for maths n sc been sent to the course to improve their proficiency. yet still most of them use bahasa in teaching. attitude is concern here.
    for me when we are left wif choices of course we will choose the easiest way right? so dun left them wif choices to teach in malay or eng. just go for one!!

  6. I think language is not a problem you can always just teach math and science in malay not a problem…seriously

    of course who am I to say such things…

    but what this people should do is contribute or have a malay-english translation tools

    such as google translate or something…

    english is never,and never a universal language?

    did you not know that spanish and mandarin/chinese is more usable language throughout the world? hence so you know…

    universal language is numbers…animal do counts computer communicate using numbers even rains or winds they do something by numbers

    oh by the way I hate english but do I look like I have a choice?
    Singapore,you don’t have a choice…

    come here meet average people and they will tell you…

    “no choice leh,have to survive” – no live,but survive….contradict ey?

  7. maybe someone can build a sensor or something on to the cellphone or handphones to detect and read words and translate it at the same time…

    what impossible? we’re just being hold back due to stupid politics

    oh! teleporting machine is already existed

  8. Posted by tomyamfan on December 24, 2008 at 20:12

    pinkysplash9: yess.the teachers have been sent to attend a special course to learn Sc and math terms in english. and they are even paid.

    but still the matter of fact is, is it worthy?

    i dont know. every coin has two sides..

    but u’re thing 4 sure, dun let ppl be in choices. work on only one. the best decision it shall be.

  9. Posted by tomyamfan on December 24, 2008 at 20:20

    hanzahar : yes. u’re at my mom’s side.

    according to my mom, she agress all the way if Sc n Math are taught in Bahasa. not bcoz she makes a Bahasa teacher, but due to her, it is better for children to learn theories in mother tounge ( by all means, in Bahasa coz most malaysian children are Malays )

    n u got da word. translation.

    once children understand the theory and the concept, they’ll surely translate them into other languages. ( juz like how i did when i was in secondary school. translating biology into arabic) it works even not that accurate.hehe

  10. Posted by tomyamfan on December 24, 2008 at 20:30

    btw,i got an electronic dictionary completed with thousands Science terms,together with automatic sound for pronunciation.

    it helped me enough when i was teaching math year 5 those days. haha.

  11. Posted by mizzfeena on December 25, 2008 at 11:25

    hoho…i guess me myself & i just dont like math/sc…

  12. Posted by mizzfeena on December 25, 2008 at 11:32

    aku tau gambar tu..aku penah nampak mase ko buat powerpoint aritu..hehehe,,,

  13. Posted by tomyamfan on December 25, 2008 at 23:41

    mizzfeena : huhu. so do i. u noe how much i dislike math :P

    gamba tu?? hahaha. ssshhhhh…. rahsia bilik x ley bwk ke luar. ekekeke

  14. awak…awk have any idea tk how much does this cost?

    dia pat kuala ganu

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