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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Malaysians view education reforms seriously

DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw believes that Malaysians are sensitive to education. They will view very seriously what the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib describes as national level education reforms.

On 17.5.2012, Dr Tan follows the statement of YAB Najib who says 'Malaysia is preparing national level education reforms based on a methodology pioneered in the US from cradle to that they are more marketable after gaining the degree. '

Every education minister intends to leave a mark. There were Razak Report, Rahman Talib Report, Aziz Report and Mahathir Report. Now, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin prattles about a comprehensive review of the education system. In March, 2012, I asked him what would be the name of the report. He said he did not know. It may be Muhyiddin Report.

The Prime Minister hopes to impress the people with the educational reforms. There are nearly 10,000 primary and secondary schools in Malaysia.Parents can detect strengths such as education is more universal and weaknesses like the low standard of some schools and students.

One disappointment is the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI). After spending over RM 6 billion, it has been scrapped.We must examine the causes of failure.

Malaysians must be very concerned about the proposed education reforms. Let us look at the comprehensive report cautiously.

Tan Seng Giaw


At 9:22 PM, Blogger KoSong Cafe said...

I would certainly agree that Malaysians take education reforms seriously.

From my personal experience, my wife and I had no regrets sending our three children to national schools (in 1985, 1990 and 1992) because they have had good education and made good friends of various races. But our educational systems had since been through reforms of dubious or even retrogressive nature.

If more Chinese and even non-Chinese found it better to send their children to Chinese schools, there must have been a decline in national schools.

Recently, I asked my daughter-in-law who is a new mother, what will be her plans for her son and she replied without much hesitation: Primary education in Chinese school, then international school!


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