September 18th, 2012 by Teresa Kok's Office
Media statement by Teresa Kok, Member of Parliament for Seputeh and Senior Exco of the State of Selangor, at Kaula Lumpur on 17th September 2012.
Deputy Prime Minister cum Education Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Yasin should review the proposed plan in the National Education Blueprint to abolish the remove classes from secondary school from next year.
I hope the Education Ministry will carry out more intensive studies and researches on the plan before the classes are completely removed from secondary school.
This is to ensure that there is no unequivocal decision is made and no repetition of the similar dilemma arising from the switching of the medium of instruction of teaching in our secondary schools.
The objective of having remove class is to ensure the students who are weak will be safely eased into the lower secondary.
However, in order to achieve the plan to abolish the remove class, the Education Ministry has proposed that it would be compulsory for primary 4 students in Chinese and Tamil primary schools to study the same syllabus as the students in national type school.
This is definitely an unreasonable and heavy burden to be placed on a 10 year-old, having to learn three languages and to be good in them.
Further, to add another language study in non-Malay medium primary schools would cause more problems than benefits at the moment as more Malay language teachers are needed and there would be less time for other lessons or classes.
It is unacceptable that the Education Ministry keeps changing its policies, and, worse, they often are at odds with each other. Under former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad, English was made as medium to teach all science classes and mathematic and now it has switched back to use Malay as the medium of instruction to teach said lessons.
I am sure that our students and teachers are confused and unable to follow the uncertainties of the sudden changes in our educational system.
I further urged the Education Ministry to focus on the issue of high drop-out rate in lower secondary schools especially those students from non-Malay medium primary schools.
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