[lg policy] MNalaysia: Reversal Of Policy On Maths And Science Final

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 17 18:48:31 UTC 2009

Reversal Of Policy On Maths And Science Final

PUTRAJAYA, July 16 (Bernama) -- The cabinet's decision last week to
abolish the teaching of science and mathematics in English is final,
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said ThursdayThe deputy prime minister said
that although there were calls for the policy to be retained at the
secondary school level the government must be consistent in its stand
not to maintain the status quo. The important thing now was to find
ways to improve the command of the English language among students, he
said. This included calling up English language experts as soon as
possible for their input to draft a new curriculum, Muhyiddin, who is
also education minister, Muhyiddin, who is also education minister,
said after presenting excellent service awards to the ministry staff

"Each (cabinet) decision must be consistent. (The views) may have
rationale because they are based on experience, and I'm not saying
that they are not good, but in this context, we must be consistent
after making such a big decision," he said. The cabinet on July 8
decided to revert to the use of the Malay language in the teaching of
the two subjects for national schools and to the vernacular languages
for Chinese and Tamil schools. It also announced the strategy to
uphold the Malay language and strengthen the command of the English
language at all levels in school. The MCA recently called for the
English language to be maintained for teaching science and mathematics
in secondary schools although agreeing that the status quo in primary
schools be withdrawn.



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