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English should be used for maths and science in the secondary schools

I’m not supporting English for mathematics and science (PPSMI) for the primary schools especially from the rural areas for three main reasons.

1. Poor grasp of English by students from the rural areas.

2. Lack of qualified teachers who can teach mathematics and science subjects in proper English.

3. Learning English must from learning the subject itself.

There are parents in the cities still wanted PPSMI to be continued and proposed to let the school to decide on whether mother tongue or English should be used based on the voting of parents or students. This proposal sounds democratic, but it’s also unfair to the minority and causing massive logistic issue to government.

There is no perfect solution to satisfy all stakeholders like the parents, students, politicians, educationists, etc.

English should be used for mathematics and science, not for enhancing English proficiency, but more on connecting our students with the technological world where English is still a dominant language in disseminating and acquiring technical and scientific knowledge.

The contention point here is when it’s a right cut-in timing for PPSMI?

In my humble opinion, English should be used for mathematics and science in the secondary school and onwards. In order for smooth transition after the primary school, bilingual technical terms should be used in the primary school mathematics and science textbooks. Technical term familiarization or memorization should be included in the formal examination.

For those against PPSMI, their children can still learn mathematics and science with mother tongue in the primary school for six years. While for those support PPSMI, their children will be able to learn both subjects in English during the secondary school.

This is a trade-off to satisfy both groups who support and against PPSMI without compromising the future of our country in term of human resources development and income gap reduction amongst its people. And the extra bonus is Education Ministry has six more years to re-train and bring in English speaking maths and science teachers on board.

BN government should adopt this trade-off policy for the benefits of our nation, our people and its own party too.

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mashitah says:

Who are these morons who translate Seksualiti Merdeka into Pesta Seks Bebas?


That is why PPSMI needs to be continued.

Norlaila says:

Why double standard by DPM Muhyiddin?

Cambridge Chance For Mara Junior College Students
KUCHING, Aug 25 (Bernama) — Agreement has been reached with Cambridge University to help students of Mara Junior Science Colleges further their studies at the premier British academic institution, according to Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Mohamad Shafie Apdal.

He said tonight that the agreement was reached during his visit to London last week, when the university undertook to help improve the quality of teaching at the junior colleges.

“They (Cambridge University) will help improve the quality of graduates of the junior colleges and see for themselves the present system of studying,” he said at a meet-the-people session at the Mara Skills Institute IKM here.

Apdal said the people from Cambridge would suggest the best method for the junior college graduates to enter the university.

He also said that Mara would spend RM159 million on its education development programme in Sarawak under the 10th Malaysia Plan beginning this year. — BERNAMA

niceguy says:

With year 2020 around the corner, I wonder what is the objective of these residential schools continuing further in our education system.

High time to close them; and sell off the properties in urban areas, and relocate funds to those truly rural students who needs them.

Secondly, there are schools in kampongs that has only several students – less than 10! Roads (and vehicles) have been ugraded since the ’70s, and journeys to the nearest town now take minutes, not hours.

Funds would be better utilised to provide free school buses to bus these children to schools in nearby towns than building and maintaining schools (and teachers’ hostels/houses/bungalows) in kampongs.

I’m not that familiar on schools in small villages, but have heard of some horror stories that cannot be published as they were not related “first-hand”.

nkkhoo says:

Have you woke up at 5am just to catch school bus?

If not, please stop your taking bus to urban school proposal. I know the pain to take 32 km journey on the good tarred road. With the frequent stop and pick, the journey can take 90 minute one way.

niceguy says:

I have. And enrolled into a (fully) residential school during my secondary years.

If there are more buses/vans/minibuses, there would be hardly any stop-and-go. 35km could easily be less than an hour, not 2 hours or more as in the 70’s.

If it is a bit too far, then residential schools (converted from the current Mara/Science schools), with the children going home every weekends. (Not unlike my years where I go home during term holidays, or once a year for my schoolmates from Sabah/Sarawak.)

nkkhoo says:

Sorry, my color skin is not dark enough. I should be the first student in the school to be chosen for boarding school based on the meritocracy

I boycotted all academic competitions and asked the school to pick Malay students to represent schools.

niceguy says:

I’m not a malay, and my schoolmates from Sabah are not malays. Guess we were the lucky few.

nkkhoo says:

The system is wrong, a few lucky ones is a “sandiware” to prove boarding school not practicing racial policy.

I could get in also if I asked assistance from MCA. My nephews also refused to study in MARA Junior College.

I think I was more happy to know more Chinese girls in the normal school, no regret after all. LOL

Baki says:

Don’t forget this IT example:

Hardware = barangkeras
Software = baranglembut
Joystick = batang gembira
Plug and Play = cucuk dan main
Port = lubang
Server = pelayan
Client = pelanggan

Try to translate this:


That server gives a plug and play service to the client using either
hardware or software joystick.
The joystick goes into the port of the client.


Pelayan itu memberi pelanggannya layanan cucuk dan main dengan menggunakan batang gembira jenis keras atau lembut. Batang gembira itu dimasukkan ke dalam lubang pelanggan.

Dabangg of Muar says:

better save money to send my only beloved daughter to go to International School !

nkkhoo says:

BN will ban local people to study in international school when more and more parents to do so. If not, where BN elites can find cheap kuli for their alibaba companies.

Geremi says:

No point debating on this issue so long as BN is the government.

Save your energy to cast your vote to make the change at PRU13.

nkkhoo says:

Najib seems is pro PPSMI. With more supports, he can press on Muhyiddin to adopt a trade-off policy

Geremi says:

But we all know that DPM is getting more powerful than PM.
The past baggages (from Port Dickson incident to the mongolian incident) do not help PM.
The Brutus’s stab is possible in Dec Umno assembly.

nkkhoo says:

DPM has its own baggages too like grabbing land in Johor, Malay first stupid ideology, etc.