Thursday, July 09, 2009

Change of Language for Students

reIs my country the only country in the world that changes the language of learning Mathematics and Science subjects in schools?

It was taught in English in the early days, for example, my dad's era. By the time I started schooling, at age 7, all subjects were taught in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language except for English subject of course.

Six years ago, under the premiership of Tun Dr Mahathir, the government changed the language for the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects only. Main reasons for the change was to improve the learning of the English language and that English language is the lingua franca for both of these subjects amongst Mathematicians and Scientists in the world. So be it.

Six years later today, my government thought it was unwise to do so and now they have reverted the situation. But it won't be implemented immediately as I'm sure school textbooks won't be ready for next year's new school term.

The government mentioned that both of the subjects will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia from year 2012.

I really pity those students out there. For they have learnt these two subjects in English for the last six years, now they have to unlearn what they have learnt in English terms and absorb new terms in Bahasa Malaysia.

Not that I'm against the Bahasa Malaysia language as I was taught in this language from Primary 1 all the way to Secondary 5.

Let's look at the following scenario:-
a) Students in Secondary 1 in year 2009 will still be taught in English for that two subjects till year 2011 where they will be in Secondary 3.

Come year 2012, both of these subjects will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia. Will the Secondary 4 students by then be able to catch up fast enough so that they will be ready for the SPM in the following year.

I guess this batch of students are still considered lucky.

b) Students in Secondary 2 in year 2009 will still be taught in English for that two subjects till year 2011 where they will be in Secondary 4.

In the year where they are supposed to sit for the public examination at the end of year 2012, both of these subjects will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia or in their mother tongues (Mandarin or Tamil). Will both of these subjects be examined in English or Bahasa Malaysia during the SPM examination? Will it affect alllllllllllllllllllllllllll the students?

This is the exam that will determine whether they'll be furthering their studies at STPM or local universities.

c) The same situation goes on for the Primary students who are in Primary 3 now. This batch of students will be sitting for the Primary 6 public examination in year 2012 and they'll be learning Maths and Science in Bahasa Malaysia for the first time and their exams will be in Bahasa Malaysia too.

Really sorry for the students who are in Secondary 2 this year as by year 2012, they won't have any past year exam papers to refer to (that is in the same language).

Teachers have been attending courses in English language so that they will know how to teach the students.

Students have been learning in English language and they are being tested.

All those textbooks printed in English language will have to be thrown away and more dump sites have to be located in preparation for millions of textbooks / workbooks / teaching materials.

Bravo!

Reading: Hard On The Kids - Malaysia Today
Tags: Mathematics, Science, English Language, Bahasa Malaysia, Primary School, Secondary School

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7 Comments:

Blogger Kev said...

Well, Johnny... i believe in the true spirit of Malaysia Boleh, they're doing just that. Implement something and after spending millions, withdraw and revert to old system.

Who benefits? Politicians and their cronies.

Who loses? Students, parents and everyone else on the street.

10 July, 2009 09:26  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Our country is run by a bunch of buffoon and short sighted leaders

10 July, 2009 18:32  
Anonymous iriene said...

We r so ???##@ with this ridiculuos decision. Those born in 1996 is the 1st batch introduced with English version, suddenly Form 4 in BM, the terms is so different, it is like you r thrown into the sea and expect you to swim whereby all this while you r trained to fly (right track)...I'm asking my son to glance thru the BM version now, if not he will hv hard time by then coz we are not Richie Rich that can transfer him to private school by then.. hmmm

10 July, 2009 20:59  
Anonymous Jemsen said...

I will be a victim of our education system.
Pls HELP, I want the English version...what is good for us,
is good for the country.. but why these people incharge - can't think for us... I'm praying hard... either give me the English version or the RM$$ :)
btw, i had just clicked Lurve ads on ur blog :D

10 July, 2009 21:04  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

kev - agree with yr comments. pity those affected. govt is just putting m'sia back in oblivion

borneo - short sighted indeed

iriene - sorry to hear abt yr situation. i think parents will also faint

jemsen - i wld say the best people to voice out are the students themselves

11 July, 2009 01:14  
Blogger reading said...

this should be done always & taech in english language it's make yourself globally . .
Sprachkurse Frankreich

29 July, 2009 15:00  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

some people in my country thought that we are on top of the world already and everybody is bowing down to them

31 August, 2009 19:47  

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