Here’s a passionate opinion piece from a Mother on education in Malaysia. You may agree or disagree; her points are worth thinking about. It seems education is top of mind for everyone these days and the government is proceeding in earnest with changes to the education system in the country.
A reminder, though, that our children spend more time at home than with their teachers, so parents play as much a role in “educating” as teachers in schools. We would encourage all parents with strong views – positive or negative – to channel them to the appropriate authorities (or direct to the PM’s office firstname.lastname@example.org). Feedback and comments here will always be welcome, of course.
Revamp the education system — Disappointed Mom, January 22, 2013
JAN 22 — As a new school year is under way, it is not only students but also parents who feel, wary and uncertain of the expected changes in Year 2013.
Now that the excitement of the newly launched education blueprint has settled, what awaits Malaysian students and their parents? As a mother, I had a cursory glance, knowing fully well that the next education minister will freely make more alterations.
Through the years one thing has remained constant: the innumerable changes to the education system — the earnestness of the previous and current education ministers in implementing gross and drastic changes has turned our kids into collateral damage in their frenzy to garner votes.
Perhaps the first to lose trust in our education system are Malaysian ministers and senior government bureaucrats, who in much haste are sending their own children to private English schools or to overseas institutions — a clear indication of the dismal level and standard that our education system has sunk to.
We are all familiar with the issue of PPSMI. Though the deputy prime minister in a statement categorically said that the system with the option of studying maths and science in English would remain until 2016, the ministry, it seems, is not keeping to the word of the minister. In Year 2012 itself, maths and science books were being printed in Malay, and now for 2013, students have been told that they would be taught in BM.
Worse, some UPSR students who were educated in English for science and maths in the past years have already received BM texts! How much concern then does our Ministry of Education have for its students?
What really happened to the best-laid plans of Tun Mahathir? Certainly waylaid and “hijacked”! Not to mention the millions of public funds being spent on materials, resources and seminars to implement the teaching of science and maths in English. Now, once again the ministry will have a chance to spend more millions to revoke the system!
Increasingly, each year parents have to bear the bludgeoning costs of tuition classes, as the standard of teaching in our schools is simply inadequate to prepare our children for exams. This indeed is a huge burden on us. What we are now spending on tuition classes is close to what a private school education would cost.