Tuesday, September 6, 2011

'Heed calls for Maths, Science in English'

"The government has to take into account the voices of parents who want only the best future for their children,"

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has to give priority to parents who want the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English policy to be reinstated.

Non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah said it was the proper thing to do since more than 50 per cent of the 15,000 respondents in a study conducted by JMM had supported the programme.

He said the issue had been politicised by certain quarters, who turned it into a polemic and stirred emotions for personal and political gains.

"The teaching of the two subjects in English was introduced with the aim of elevating the nation's human capital and to allow the people to compete in the age of globalisation.

"The government has to take into account the voices of parents who want only the best future for their children," he said yesterday.

Azwanddin added that all parties involved should not be hypocritical when dealing with the issue of teaching Mathematics and Science in English.

"This is because the language carries great weight in ensuring that our children can further their studies abroad and secure jobs in the future."

He said although JMM supported efforts to elevate Bahasa Malaysia, it respected and agreed with the majority of parents who wanted their children to be given the option to learn both subjects in English.

The four-month survey involving 33 schools nationwide revealed that 54.08 per cent of 15,000 parents wanted their children to learn Mathematics and Science in English.

Only 32.15 per cent wanted the teaching of the subjects to be in Bahasa Malaysia

Source: NST