"If it ain't broke, don't fix it". That is the old saw that has been a vital piece of wisdom for engineers for a long time.
In the 1960s, the intention was to foster National Unity and National Integration through the co-option of the mission schools into the National School System. The medium of instruction was to be changed from English to Bahasa Malaysia. The Junior Cambridge and Senior Cambridge examination system would be localised into the LCE and MCE. Later it would morph into SRP and SPM.
What went wrong after that?
How did the quality of education go down?
How did religion become so dominant in the National School System?
We should all note the reality that the 1960s ethos and the second decade of the new millennium are completely different epochs. It should be quite clear that the state of Malaysia's schools system is in disarray.
National objectives have not been met. What was the intended outcome? What went wrong?
Malaysian families, as always, practical and effective, quickly found alternative ways to get their children schooled at a standard that allowed them to enter into the workforce with the necessary skill sets to earn a living. They resorted to the Chinese-medium schools.
Leave aside polemics and rhetoric. Cast aside racial arguments. Throw away prejudice and invective. Just measure the schooling system by looking at OUTCOMES. That is the sure and objective measure.
The issue of Malaysian schooling systems is a large one with different aspects. All these create confusion and distractions.
My suggestion is that everyone starts with getting the National School System fixed. This, as I previously blogged, requires an open and inclusive consultative process.
The shape of Malaysia's future is at stake here.