[lg policy] Malaysia:

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 19 20:00:15 UTC 2012

Education dialogue wants malay language as medium of instruction

Posted on June 19, 2012, Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Education Dialogue has proposed that Malay
language be made the medium of instruction at all levels of education
from primary to institutions of higher learning.

Director-general of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Dr Awang Sariyan
said the proposal was made because national education emphasised the
use of Malay language for unity.

“It is enshrined in the Constitution via the National Education Policy
and National Language Policy and is an extension to the policy
formulated by the Razak Report Committee in 1956,” he told reporters
after conclusion of the dialogue held at Menara DBP here yesterday.

Also present was the head of Federation of National Writers
Associations (Gapena) Prof Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar.

The dialogue attended by some 100 participants from 30 language based
NGOs also discussed the draft memorandum on the future direction of
national education.

The resolution will be included in the memorandum to improve the
education system to be submitted to Deputy Prime Minister and
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on June 28.

Awang said Article 17 (1) of Education Act 1996 provides for the
national language as the main medium of instruction in all educational
institutions in the national education system except national type
schools or those exempted.

The dialogue also felt that the National Education Philosophy 1987
should be reaffirmed to produce better students in terms of knowledge,
morals and language. – Bernama

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/19/education-dialogue-wants-malay-language-as-medium-of-instruction/#ixzz1yGryiBvF

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