The word is that the teaching of Maths and Science in primary schools will go back to Bahasa Malaysia but English would be used at secondary school level. No decision has been officially made as the Education Minister is only expected to table a paper on the issue this Friday. A decision has to be made and announced soon but the word is that the Cabinet is expected to agree to the use of Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil or Chinese in primary schools.
The issue has been hotly debated with Malay nationalist groups, together with PAS leaders, going to the streets to protest against the continued used of English to teach Maths and Science. Chinese educationist groups had also insisted the same, saying the use of Mandarin was a more effective way of teaching the two subjects, especially Maths.
It is not clear whether the Ministry would increase the teaching hours of English in schools as a compromise. If the Malay and Chinese groups claimed they, too, support the need to improve the proficiency of English among our children, then they should push for more hours to teach English in schools. Many of those who joined the street protest were products of MCE and HSC. Some would have even sent their children for their education in UK or US
It is sad that when the statistics showed that more of our children preferred to use English to answer their exam questions, we have to submit to the pressure of these groups. Surely they are not the only stake holders in this issue.