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November 19, 2013

‘Oh my English’ debate goes on as STU backs ELTC

Filed under: Education,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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educationPeter Boon 

The move by the Education Ministry to look at new ways and measures to improve the teaching and learning of English augurs well with Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU).

STU president Jisin Nyud in assuring their support, noted at the moment that the ministry through English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) and other agencies are trying

their best to bring back English and their programme and this is ongoing. (more…)

November 16, 2013

PPSMI good policy but riddled with implementation flaws

Sonia Ramachandran

The teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) was abolished in July 2009, six years after the policy was implemented.

The PPSMI was replaced by the “Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening English” (MBMMBI) policy that critics say was made to appease Malay conservatives and nationalists ahead of the general election.

Now, the very man behind the introduction of the PPSMI policy, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is appealing for the return of the policy.


November 1, 2013

How low can you go?

File picture shows the silhouette of a student with a graduation cap during a diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of Government


  • What is the passing mark for an SPM subject? Many teachers estimate it to be seriously low for some papers, way lower than the school’s benchmark.

WHEN I last wrote that more than 100,000 students, or close to a quarter of those sitting for the SPM English, were at risk of leaving school without an SPM certificate, the response was unexpected.

“Ms Goh,” I was told, “don’t worry, the marks may be lowered even further to allow many to pass.”

And that view, I was surprised to learn, was shared by many.

Teachers who have been teaching upper secondary students as well as examiners who have been grading the exam scripts for many years let on that the passing marks are not all they seem to be. (more…)

January 29, 2013

PPSMI: Parents to rally outside Muhyiddin’s office

Lisa J. Ariffin

Four groups plan to submit memorandum to Muhyiddin on their concerns over the Malaysia Education Blueprint.

Four parent groups plan to submit a memorandum addressing their concerns over the Malaysia Education Blueprint to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin during a rally outside his Ministry of Education (MoF) next month.

They want Muhyiddin, the Education Minister, to retain the PPSMI (teaching of Science and Maths in English) as an option, re-introduce English medium schools, and appoint a non-political figure as head of MoF. (more…)

Embargo education blueprint until after GE, urge parents

Koh Jun Lin

Several parent groups are urging the government to embargo the final version of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 until after the general election so that it would not be politicised.

They feared that if the blueprint becomes an electoral issue, it would lead to knee-jerk reactions that would ultimately undermine the education system. The report is expected to be tabled in a cabinet meeting on this coming Wednesday.

“If (Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak) believes that education should not be politicised, then show us. Do not make it part of your election manifesto. (more…)

September 12, 2012

Is abolishing PPSMI not the answer?

Imran Mustafa

(Full Downloadable  Education Blueprint link inside) We read with interest the article entitled “Abolishing PPSMI is not the answer” by Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim (September 10, 2012), in particular, the fallacious arguments made in the name of science policy.Before going into the details of the argument, it is best to remind oneself what the term “PPSMI” means “Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris” or “The Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English”. What this obviously implies is that everyone, regardless of background or first language, is, have been and will always be obligated to learn the two subjects, science and mathematics, in English. (more…)

September 11, 2012

Parent group: No oomph in education blueprint

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Aidila Razak

(Full Downloadable Blueprint link inside) The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) has expressed disappointment with the new education blueprint (salient points), claiming it is “nothing new”.

Its chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim  said the preliminary report is merely “re-labelling” the Education Ministry’s responsibilities.

“There is no oomph or wow factor. Basically they are rebranding or re-labelling thing that are already the responsibility of the ministry,” she said.

Met after the launch of the blueprint in Kuala Lumpur today, she also expressed disappointment that it has avoided “hot topics” like the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. (more…)

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