Over 46 thousand people on YB Khairy Jamaluddin's Facebook account "Like" his posting h e r e about his eldest boy's first day at a sekolah rendah kebangsaan (national primary school). The following few comments give you an idea of how much it means to ordinary people that a prominent politician like KJ would send his own kid to an SMK:
Mr Mak Chee Kin, the chairman of Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education, will be harder to please. "If policy makers want us to believe in their propaganda that we have one of the best education systems in the world, they should lead by example and send their kids to SRK, SMK and Local U," he told parents who gathered to protest the state of the national education system.
|Magpie's Mak Chee Kin|
Mak says there are many politicians who send their children to primary school only to place them in private schools or international schools, here or abroad, after just a year or two. "Sending your children to SRK isn't enough. If our education system is as good as you said it is, you should send them to SRK, SMK (national secondary school) and the local universities!"
Tall order, I'd say.
Yesterday's gathering organised by ASPIRES (Association of Parents and Individuals towards Revising the Education Sytem) was attended by about a hundred people and representatives from Magpie, the Parent Action Group of Malaysia (PAGE), and CPS or Concerned Parents Selangor. I was the first time for me; won't be the last.
|Some of the parents at the gathering|
|Mana Otak Engkau? |
Sam Harris of ASPIRES is not happy with the MOE
|Cool, familiar head: Azimah of PAGE Malaysia|
|"We are NOT anti-Government .."|