I am in full agreement with Zainul Arifin's latest op-ed piece as I have been with all his previous pieces on the matter of education in Malaysia. I'm just glad that Zainul has a space to articulate his views on this matter.
THE Chinese-education lobby group Dong Jiao Zong, according to a news report, is threatening a nationwide protest should the government decide to continue with teaching Science and Maths in English.
If the report is true, Dong Jiao Zong's threat can be seen as a pre-emptive strike to put pressure on the government, ahead of the Education Ministry's fifth roundtable meeting for stakeholders on Dec 16 to get feedback on whether to continue with the policy
Political parties and various other groups have also weighed in, many siding with Dong Jiao Zong, though none has threatened as blatant a show of dissent as it has in promising to gather opponents of the policy for a nationwide protest if the current policy is not reversed.
The leaders of Dong Jiao Zong know how such a threat would play out in public, but the fact that it does so anyway suggests either naivete, or arrogance. And I do not believe it is the former.
I thought the recent Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results, which was to be a key factor in determining the fate of the policy, showed that it was not damaging and that more students answered their questions in English. Interviews with students, which I must admit could be misleading, suggested that they preferred the subjects to be in English.
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