Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Parent Action Group for Education

The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) met with several key PTA Chairmen or their representatives today at a closed-door session to brainstorm its next course of action.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had expressly stated that due consideration may be given to schools that desire to maintain the teaching of science and math in English (SMI) in their schools, either primary or secondary.

All schools that want to do so are advised to urge its PTA to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to agree to maintain the policy and to convert the status of the school from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) or Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) to SK(SMI) or SMK(SMI).

Failing that, parents are to initiate a signature drive to garner support for the cause indicating the name of the school, the name of the parent and the age of the child.

Meanwhile, PAGE urges the Ministry of Education to conduct its own studies as to which schools have benefited from the policy and which desire to maintain it.

Parents and stakeholders are also strongly urged to write to the Malay press (Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia) seeking for the fourth option, that is, to maintain the policy in your school.

For secondary schools that want to retain the English option, you are encouraged to work with your primary feeder schools, to do likewise, to ensure the continuity of learning and to maintain the standards already proudly upheld by your school.

It is most important that PAGE needs to know the names of the schools interested. We need the numbers to succeed. Let us help each other out.

Copies of all EGM resolutions or signatures will be sent to PAGE for compilation and which will be forwarded to the Prime Minister in due course. PAGE may be contacted via email at pagemalaysia@gmail.com or visit our blog at PAGE Malaysia.

Thank you.

By Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, Chair
Parent Action Group for Education
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One school did convene such an EGM to decide on whether the school should maintain teaching Science and Math in English Language. Which school? In the EGM, the PTA of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara even changed the status of the school from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) to Science and Math in English (SMI).

97% of the parents voted for the school to continue with the English Language for that two subjects. I think the parents should have their say and not just leave it to the politicians to decide our young kids' future. Did the government seek the public's viewpoint before this?

The school or PTA will have to let the Ministry of Education know of their EGM outcome. Must be a slap on the face of the ministry. Will there be more schools conducting such EGM too?
Tags: Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, Parent Action Group for Education, PAGE, Ministry of Education, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara, Parent Teacher Association, PTA, Sekolah Kebangsaan, PPSMI, Science and Math in English, SMI

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