Hornbill Unleashed

April 25, 2017

For English medium, let Sabah run its own schools, minister told

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Sabah DAP has urged the federal government to decentralise education to allow the implementation of English medium schools in the state, as proposed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Welcoming the Sabah Umno leader’s proposal, DAP’s Seri Tanjong assemblyperson Chan Foong Hin said it is not feasible unless the state’s powers in education is reinstated.

“I absolutely agree with (Rahman’s) every reason to re-establish English-medium government schools in Sabah, as mastery of English is a way to make human capital more productive and competitive.

“However, it’s not about whether the general public agrees or not with his proposal, it’s about how to implement this proposal…

“The historical fact is, English medium government schools were established in Sabah before, but were discontinued after the state government at that time decided to give up the power in education affairs to the federal government and follow the national educational policy,” he said in a statement.

To reverse this, he said, education should be placed under the state list of jurisdictions in the federal constitution.

Abdul Rahman, who is Kota Belud MP, on Saturday proposed the federal government allow the establishment of English medium schools in Sabah to give the students there a leg up when competing with the rest of the nation.

This is to address the development gap between the state and Peninsular Malaysia states, he said.

Allowing English medium in schools has been a long-standing point of contention, with parents petitioning the government to allow parents of national schools-enrolled children to opt for the medium of instruction.

“He might fail to convince his boss, Mr Prime Minister, but please, at least he should put in effort to make his proposal as part of the Sabah BN manifesto in the next general election,” Chan said.

Chan said the DAP in its election manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak is promising a “more liberalised and decentralised system”.

This includes the reestablishment of English-medium schools and a revamp of the state education system to recognise the special position of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia, he said.

There will also be emphasis on local history as well as recruitment of local teachers in both Borneo states, he said.

“We want more local participation in the education sector, to balance the influence of certain quarters who have the objective to convert the religion of the indigenous people without their consent.”

The DAP manifesto for the East Malaysia includes allowing the states to keep 50 percent of taxes collected from Sabah and Sarawak, to afford the states to autonomously manage the education system there.

Source : @ Malaysiakini


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