Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Math & Science In English: Final Decision In July

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will make its decision on the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (better known by its Malay acronym PPSMI) early next month, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

He said the Government’s full analysis and the ministry paper on the PPSMI policy have been completed and will be handed over to the Cabinet for deliberation soon.

“We will make a full announcement by early July.

“Whatever decision that comes out will be for the people’s benefit and goes in line with the Prime Minister’s ‘people first’ vision,” he told Parliament.

He said that a study conducted by the ministry and researchers from local universities revealed that overall, teachers and students achieved only a moderate level of knowledge in English.

“The ministry’s focus then is to improve English knowledge among teachers and students by improving the training programme for teachers and improving the learning of English in schools.

“We are looking into introducing English literature in schools to improve students’ knowledge of the language, and the functions of the school computer laboratories will also be upgraded with better software and equipment for the teaching of English subject.

“The Ministry also wants to resolve the gap between the achievements in English of students in the urban and rural areas since the PPSMI policy was introduced in phases in 2003.

“The final decision in the implementation of the PPSMI policy will also look into the policy’s effect on students in both urban and rural areas,” he said in reply to Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong).

1 comment:

  1. the govt seems to be dragging their feet, why take so long to decide.


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