Hornbill Unleashed

November 19, 2013

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

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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…)

November 8, 2011

PPSMI: Malaysia in the lost world?

Kim Quek

For that reason, Muhyiddin’s decision to stop PPSMI is unwise. His watered-down decision to phase out PPSMI completely by 2016 for primary schools and 2021 for secondary schools for the small number of remaining schools still sticking to PPSMI is even more inexplicable.  

Following the announcement by education minister Muhyiddin Yassin to stop the teaching of science and mathematics in English from 2012, Malaysia is once again embroiled in a messy controversy, this time cutting across political and racial divisions.

It is messy because the ideas are aplenty and issues are floating around without proper focus.

Sadly, both the proponent and opponent of PPSMI (the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English) are wrong in their vocal rationale. (more…)

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