The teaching and learning of science and mathematics in national schools will revert to the Malay language effective 2012. DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the teaching and learning of the two subjects in Chinese and Tamil national-type schools would be carried out in their respective mother tongue.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the cabinet today approved the suggestion by the ministry to empower the Malay language and strengthen the teaching and learning of the English language at all levels of schooling.
"This strategy was drawn up based on the study and monitoring carried out by the Education Ministry on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English since the policy was implemented in 2003," he said when making the announcement at the Education Ministry, here today.
He said the precentage of students who scored grades A, B, and C for the science subject in the UPSR last year had dropped from 85.1% to 82.5% for the urban schools and from 83.2% to 79.7% for rural schools.
"For mathematics, the achievement of urban schools dropped from 84.8% to 80.9% while the achievement of rural students dropped from 80.9% to 77%," he said.
He said the gap in achievement between urban and rural schools in science and mathematics was becoming wider when the PPSMI (teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English) was implemented.
Muhyiddin said the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study 2007 also stated that the position of Malaysian students in the science subject had deteriorated from the 20th spot in 2003 to the 21st spot in 2007.
"For mathematics, the position of our students deteriorated from the 10th spot in 2003 to 20th spot in 2007," he said.
He said studies by local universities revealed that the level of improvement in the command of the English language by students was nominal, that is, not more than 3% throughout the implementation of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English.
"The command of the English language among students, particularly in the rural areas, was still low making it difficult for them to understand the teaching of mathematics and science in English," Muhyiddin said.
According to Mahathir, the government has made a hasty decision. In a posting on his blog, he revealed that Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin - who also oversees the education portfolio - had met him to provide a briefing on what the government "had already decided to do."
"Although my views were sought, they are not reflected in the decision," he said.
At a press conference in Putrajaya later, the former premier said although there is a lack of qualified teachers to teach the two subjects in English, this can be overcome with time and proper funding.
"The responsibility of the government is to train teachers. It cannot be done overnight.... We must be up to the challenge. I'm confident that our teachers can learn," he said.
Dasar kontroversi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI)sepatutnya tidak dilaksanakan dari awal lagi. Tapi kerana pada masa menteri dan pemimpin UMNO semua takut kepada Mahathir jadi tidak sapa yang berani bangkang.
Keputusan matapelajaran Maths dan Sains menurun tahun demi tahun. Maka tak hairanlah ada sekolah-sekolah rendah di luar bandar di mana pencapaian mereka adalah sifar.
Bagi merumitkan lagi keadaannya,pihak KPM cuba manipulasi keputusan matapelajaran Sanis dan Maths ini hinggakan ada murid-murid sekolah yang lemah, gagal dalam semua matapelajaran kecuali Sains dan Maths mereka dapat gred B dan C. Logik atau tidak?
Dengan pemansuhan ini,harap masalah kelemahan murid-murid dalam matapelajaran Sains dan Maths boleh ditangani. Tingkatkan pengajaran dan pembelajaran bahasa Inggeris.
JOM RAMAI-RAMAI KITA......
Btw, has anyone seen Nasharuddin Mat Isa, PAS deputy president? His absence is prompting curiosity, especially after his fallout with party spiritual leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat over the 'unity government' talks.
Rumours has it,that is enjoying a durian party with top UMNO leaders in KL.........
Baca di sini.