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Muhyiddin wants more info on Maths & Science issue before final decision

This is ridiculous! Hishammudin and his gang spending years on scientific study on this issue is still considered incomplete and inconclusive by new Education Minister.


More time to review Maths and Science

KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like there won’t be a quick decision on the language of instruction for Mathematics and Science.

The Education Ministry under its new minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is willing to listen to more views and accept memoranda on the issue before deciding whether the subjects should be taught in English or revert to Bahasa Malaysia and mother tongue (Chinese and Tamil).

“Our national language is important but then so is English and this is the future of our children,” said Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, after visiting Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

“We are prepared to wait a little bit longer because I think that whatever decision the Government has to make is difficult.

“We also don’t want to be seen to flip- flop on this matter.”

The Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (better known by its Malay acronym (PPSMI) policy was introduced in phases, beginning with Year One, Form One and Lower Six students in 2003.

Former Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had said previously that the Cabinet was expected to make a decision on the language of instruction in mid-April.

On when he would submit the matter to the Cabinet for a decision, Muhyiddin said he was not fully satisfied yet with what had been done.

Muhyiddin declined to say what he was dissatisfied with, adding that he would make a detailed announcement at the right time.

Asked whether the ministry would hold more roundtable discussions, he said this did not have to be so.

Last year, the ministry held such discussions with researchers from public universities; representatives from associations and organisations, professional bodies, corporate, community leaders; parent-teacher associations, students, teachers and lecturers from matriculation colleges and teacher training institutes; and, politicians.

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