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;
~ 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: