03 July 2010

Campaigns To Keep Maths & Science in English


Parents Group Campaigns to Keep Maths, Science in English

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
July 03, 2010
Exerted from The Malaysian Insider:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com

KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) announced today that it has gone national to recruit more members to pressure the government to keep teaching mathematics and science in English (PPSMI).

It has also ironically linked up with Malay rights umbrella group Malay Consultative Council (MPM) and Perkasa to get the government to overturn its decision to revert the medium of instruction for both subjects to Bahasa Malaysia by 2012.

Page chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said it aims to be the voice of parents on national educational policies with its new status as a national society.

“We want Page to be the voice in the future not just on PPSMI but to go beyond PPSMI. Now that we have registered, we have decided to address national concerns. This will be the platform for parents to voice their concerns on education.

“For instance, now the hot topic is the abolishment of UPSR and PMR papers so we would like parents to tell us how they feel then we could prepare a roundtable discussion with the ministry of education,” she told reporters here after announcing its new status.

Page was formed after the government decided to abolish PPSMI in July last year. The group is now asking for the government to maintain the option for PPSMI alongside the choices to learn the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Mandarin.

Noor Azimah claims that Page has the support of Malay rights group Perkasa and MPM.
Page’s deputy chairman Sulaiman Mahran also voiced the group’s frustrations with the Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“The Prime Minister has said that he will give us a consideration but the one in power is the education minister and he doesn’t want to listen to us and has refused to listen to us right from the very beginning. We are hoping that we will able to get more parents and hope that the numbers will speak up,” he said.

Noor Azimah added that government may risk alienating the urban electorate if it continues to ignore the people’s concerns.

“It is not flip flopping if the government decides to allow the teaching of science and mathematics in English. It shows that the government is listening to the rakyat. This is very important for him (Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin), it might just win him the urban votes.

“We are telling them that we want to vote for you but don’t make it difficult for us. They are desperate for ubran voters and this might just swing it,” she said.

Noor Azimah also claimed that Page has the support of Malay rights group Perkasa and MPM.

“We have approached Perkasa and MPM and they are with us. We have held a briefing with them and they have agreed to arrange a meeting with Gapena and Ungku Aziz. This will be a close door session meeting with them. We would just like to explain why we want PPSMI to be continued in schools that wants it,” she said.

She also confirmed that Page will be handing its second memorandum to Muhyiddin this Thursday.

“We didn’t get response from the first memorandum. The second memorandum, we will include the decision of the High Court on May 7 that PPSMI is not against the Federal Constitution and National language Act,” she said.

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