Sunday, January 16, 2011

Moving Ahead with New Vision

Peace be upon you and hello my dear readers,

There have been improvements done in our educational system after our ministries had been through such great discussions with interference of locals regarding new syllabus for primary students starting January, 2011. Consequently, Education Ministry had recently come up with the MBMMBI (Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia dan Memperkukuhkan Penguasaan Bahasa Inggeris), a policy which aims to uphold Bahasa Malaysia and strengthen English language. 

"An evaluation was carried out following which improvements were made to the KBSR (Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Rendah), which in turn resulted in the development of KSSR (Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah) or QQ."
(Star Education, January 16, 2011)

According to our Education director-general, Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, the KSSR will be likely represent a "transformation in education" as it will see some subjects combined, and new ones created with themes on nationhood and patriotism. Alimuddin also that said teachers were being prepared for the KSSR;

“The teaching and learning approach will be more interactive and interesting, especially for the teaching of the two languages in line with the Education Ministry’s policy to strengthen both languages as the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English comes to an end."

Mathematics and Science text books for Standard 1 students.

However, many parties spoke out their opinion to express their disapproval of switching Mathematics and Science subject particularly from English language to Bahasa Malaysia which can cause some drawbacks to students. This including group of parents, educators and even from students of higher institutions as they realize the importance of mastering English as Second Language instead of Bahasa Malaysia

Due to the qualifications set by private sectors particularly, they demand staffs who are capable to speak in English fluently in running their companies. Furthermore, English is used widely in our daily lives regardless of time, people, and places. Though English lessons are extended up to 6 periods during schooling time, yet, it seems ineffective and unapproachable. And ironically, Bahasa Malaysia lessons are extended up to 10 periods in class. So, logically, how can they master English if their time are mostly occupied with Bahasa Malaysia as spoken language? Will this policy meet its vision? 

I am here not to be by anybody's side. But, I am here to invite my readers to think the rationale, the pros and cons of implementing KSSR or QQ as it determines our generations' future. We'd better think wisely because we do not want they are being victimized by our mistakes. I believe, our ministries want to provide best for our students. Just tell me, who do not want glory? Who refuse prosperity? None, of course! Before I end up this post, I am really hoping that the execution of this policy goes well. As a future teacher, I do concern on such issue. With that, thank you.

With love,