PPSMI Abolishment – It’s all about MONEY?

2 09 2011

OUTSYED THE BOX

Government Ignoring The Rakyat

First here is a shocker :

MUAR: The Education Ministry has set the target for all schoolchildren to be able to read by Year Three, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. . . “There have been cases of students who could not read when they entered Form One ..”
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You would have thought that pupils would know how to read in Year 1 (seven years of age). Or even earlier in Tadika.
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I think the Deputy Premier was referring to some children only who have reading problems. The vast majority of pupils can read by Year 1. If a pupil cannot read by Year 3 (nine years of age) then the pupil will have even more problems with subject like mathematics because a lot of mathematics in primary school is word based. If you cannot read, it will be also slower to learn Maths.
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There are serious issues involved in the education system. I hope to discuss some of them later, maybe after Raya. Here is news about the indefatigable Datin Noor Azimah of PAGE.
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PAGE wants to meet Cabinet over PPSMI policy
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PETALING JAYA: The Parent Action Group For Education Malaysia (PAGE) has called for a meeting with the Cabinet on the issue of teaching of Science and Mathematics in English, better known as PPSMI.
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Parents do not want to have to go to the streets to be heard. We want to be heard in a civilised setting.
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Noor Azimah said a precedent should be set for disputes on national issues to be resolved through the Cabinet as it was the “ultimate channel”.
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The PPSMI advocate said she had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
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PAGE members were worried that a deputy education minister seemed intent on ending the PPSMI policy despite a statement three days earlier from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that the Government was keeping its options open on Mathematics and Science being taught in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.
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Noor Azimah said the Education Ministry was merely “paying lip service to the voice of the people” by taking cursory note of various surveys done on the issue.
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“..poll done by Dr Mahathir on his blog showed 86% were against the abolition of PPSMI.
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“A PAGE survey, with letters from parents (from) Long Lama, Sarawak, Bukit Keteri, Jengka, Jeli and Kodiang, showed 95% supported the PPSMI”
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telephone survey done by the ministry itself never saw the light of day because ..results showed a very high percentage of parents wanting ..PPSMI.
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survey Jaringan Melayu Malaysia showed 66% of parents in rural areas agreed (with) PPSMI
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First of all a huge thank you and syabas Datin Noor Azimah for standing up for something that is so important for the future of this country.
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I have a suggestion Datin Noor Azimah : just tell the Government that if they dont maintain the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English we will not vote for you. That should work.
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Millions of people are already angry with the Government because of the parasitic AP policy. People are really becoming fed up with the AP policy which does nothing except make a few lucky people rich at the expense of the people. Angry people will not vote for you.
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Now it looks like millions more people will have reason to be angry with the Government if they abandon the PPSMI. These angry people may be tempted not to vote for the Government because of this short sighted idea to abandon the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.
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People are wondering why some people (especially that very small and minority breed known as the politicians) are so against the PPSMI. The reason is simple : money.
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  • the Jaringan Melayu Malaysia survey showed 66% of parents in rural areas agreed (with) the PPSMI.
  • the poll on Dr Mahathir’s blog showed 86% of the people support PPSMI.
  • the PAGE survey (covering parents in Long Lama, Sarawak, Bukit Keteri, Jengka, Jeli and Kodiang) showed 95% support for PPSMI.
  • the telephone survey by the ministry itself showed a very high percentage of parents supporting PPSMI.
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Why does the Government turn a deaf ear to so many surveys like these? There is a very, very small but very rich and powerful group of people who are lobbying very hard to abandon the PPSMI. They are the book publishers. They publish school textbooks in Malay. The other group that lobbies strongly against the PPSMI are the Chinese school textbook publishers.
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To them if the PPSMI is abandoned, there are big bucks to be made from publishing more books in Malay and Chinese. I have a friend whose family business includes publishing school text books. They are craving for the PPSMI to be abandoned. If they get a contract to publish just one school text book, its worth millions of Ringgits. Money talks loudest. So it is not surprising if the deputy Minister of Education also dances to their tune.
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The interests of the suffering majority is going to be sacrificed in favour of the well connected rich minority. Its the AP business all over again folks. They dont serve the peoples’ interests.
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I have a suggestion. Why not we conduct a public referendum? Just put one question on the ballot : Do you support the PPSMI. Answer : Ya, saya sokong PPSMI or Tidak, saya tidak sokong PPSMI. Then go by the majority vote. This is a democracy and this is a very important issue.
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Posted by Syed Akbar Ali – Saturday, August 27, 2011


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