General March 07, 2009 18:15 PM
Expediate Decision On PPSMI Issue, Abdullah
PUTRAJAYA, Mar 7 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hopes that a decision on the issue of teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) is made immediately to prevent it from becoming a bigger issue. -- BERNAMA
More updates at the end of original posting.
Pix by NST
Tear gas, Smashed Screens and Kote Naga. I was told that the people who took part in today's street protest against the use of English as the medium for teaching Maths and Science in schools included Bangsa Malaysia who neither speak nor respect the national language.
It didn't surprise me. This issue has become yet another political tool for some people. It's got nothing to do with the love of Bahasa Malaysia for I know some of them have none, despite the Government having changed the name Bahasa Melayu to Bahasa Malaysia. And it's not about concern for the school kids' welfare either (in fact, the Ministry has said that the kids do better in English!).
I was asked if I'd join today's street march against Maths and Science in English. I, in turn, asked my two kids aged 14 and 13. Both pleaded with me NOT to support the switch back to Bahasa Malaysia: The boy: "Ala, tak nak la. Pening. Why do they want to do that?"
The children are the ones who are going to be badly affected if the Government gives in to the illogical demand of the protesters and do another flip-flop here. Therefore, it's great to know that for their kids' sake some parents -- Malay parents who love and respect Bahasa Malaysia -- have started their own blogs h e r e and h e r e to convince us why Maths and Science should continue to be taught in English.
Another parent's take: I am all for the use of English for Maths and Science
and for 18+, read Kote Naga or Why I support learning Math and Sceince in English.
Stuck with the English language with nowhere to go by Mansur Putih
Zakhir's Anti-PPSMI merugikan Bangsa Melayu
JMD - A cover-up for ineptitude?
Haven't we done enough damage to our kids? - Wong Chun Wai ..
"the participation of top PAS leaders such as its president Hadi Awang and other MPs have raised many eye-brows. Didn't the pro-Pakatan Rakyat supporters say they are now liberal and reasonable politicians?"
Op-Ed: Democracy vs Demo Crazy!
Bibliobibuli agrees with Hisham the Minister, Why raise the issue 6 years after the policy was formulated? here and points us to A Voice's take, Political hypocrics in the opposition against PPSMI