PAGE: National Education Blueprint fails to include English for Teaching Mathematics and Science

Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 12, 2012, 06:11 am

  • The new National Education Blueprint unveiled yesterday is simply a “rebranding exercise” according to Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim
  • PAGE has been at the forefront of a campaign to reinstall English as the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics
  • “You expect more when the government uses terms like ‘transformation’ and ‘review’ Fortunately they the government have till December to make it a proper transformation ” she added
  • She also criticised the blueprint’s advisory panel for not emphasising the importance of English singling out the consultants from South Korea and Singapore
  • “South Korea spent twenty per cent of their education budget to teach their people English alone and then there’s Singapore which uses English as their main medium. "Why did neither of them speak up for the need of English ” she said
  • The masterplan does endorse however bilingualism in Malay and English Noor Azimah further said she was disappointed that none of PAGE’s three requests was dealt with in the blueprint
  • “There were three hot items that we spoke of during the roundtables ? introducing English medium schools the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English and the need for an independent education minister who is not a politician. None of these were addressed ” she said
  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed in his speech at the launch that mastery of the English language was a valuable asset and would not come at the expense of the national language
  • But the masterplan did not give any consideration for the teaching of mathematics and science in English nor the return of English medium schools The full education masterplan report is available free from the Ministry of Education website.

To learn more about the National Education Blueprint, click HERE

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