Monday, October 31, 2011

DPM to announce means for changeover to Malay

Source: The Star, Saturday 29 October 2011, NATION (Page 12)

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will announce soon the mechanism for changeover to the teaching of Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia.

This is to ensure the smooth implementation of the revised policy, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

"What is important now is to prepare for the soft-landing approach so that students who had studied the subjects in English would not be affected by the change", he said after presenting prizes to student athletes at the MSSM-Milo Sports Awards ceremony here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, had said Science and Mathematics would continue to be taught in both English and Malay up to 2015, when the final batch of students involved in the learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) programme had completed their secondary education.

The PPSMI was implemented in phases from 2003, beginning with Year One, Form One and Lower Six students.

In 2009, Muhyiddin announced that the Government would revert to teaching the subjects in Bahasa Malaysia in national schools as well as Chinese and Tamil in vernacular schools.

Dr Wee said parents and groups who had lobbied for Science and Mathematics to be taught in English had the right to voice their views, adding that there were also groups which had opposing views.

"If the Cabinet does not change the decision made in 2009, the policy to revert to Malay in national schools and Chinese and Tamil in vernacular schools, will be carried out next year", Dr Wee said.

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