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Our Form Five students cannot read, write and count

8% NS trainees cannot read and write is not a big surprise to me.

I personally knew a Chinese guy from KL who managed to pass SPM modern mathematics. My friend provided tuition to him a few months before his SPM, he was shock to discover a city student has almost zero foundation in mathematics. Many basic concepts like multiplication first, than addition or deduction later were not “taught” in his national primary school.

With 11-year education and passing three public examinations, and yet we still found 8% of young Malaysians cannot read and write.

How these people passed the public exams is another boleh and mysterious event.

Joint bid to eradicate illiteracy among National Service trainess

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 08:14:00

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry will work with the Defence Ministry (Mindef) to identify the demographics of National Service (NS) trainees found to be illiterate during their stint.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said the shocking revelation was serious and important, and the ministry was aware of a small number of illiterate Form Five students.

“We will identify where these students came from and we will also liaise with Mindef. We might have a special programme for these students. I do hope we achieve 100 per cent literacy and numeracy,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the government already had the education National Key Results Area (NKRA) in place where literacy and numeracy were among the key factors.

Yesterday, a daily reported about eight per cent of 6,667 NS trainees from 30 camps nationwide were unable to read or write. The findings were based on a pilot project, using a module called I-Smart, involving the third batch of trainees in August.

“The objective of the programme was to ensure the trainees had basic reading and writing skills,” Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said in the report.

Touching on the panel to review the education system, Muhyiddin said it was still in the early stages and he might also include more members to the body.

“We are still in the early stage. We have established a committee to study and discuss the best possible plan to be proposed,” he said.

“The committee will then submit the proposal to the panel, which consists of people from various backgrounds, such as AirAsia founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Khazanah Nasional managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar.

“Once the proposal has been submitted, the panel will give their input and opinions to strengthen the plan.”

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Anand says:

Haha, now NS becomes the next tuition centre business for some crony to seek rent from!
Where have all the dedicated teachers gone? Down south. Where they are appreciated for teaching, and not used for indoctrination. I am appalled by the lack of knowledge of some teachers.
Maybe gomen should give tuition vouchers for the kids to enroll in private tuition centres? More rent for the rich. Oh no, I’ve just given out a great cepat kaya idea!

Sathia says:

Ministry of Edcuation care to explain why this could happen in Malaysia?