PETALING JAYA: Parent groups heaved a sigh of relief that students in the PPSMI system will be allowed to continue learning Maths and Science in English until they complete their studies in Form 5.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim thanked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for listening to the voices of parents who wanted students to be given an option to study the subjects in English.
“We had been disappointed before and this is certainly good news. However, we do not want to rejoice too soon until the Government come up with full details of the directive to be carried out in schools,” she said yesterday.
On the announcement that the teaching and learning of both Science and Maths would entirely be conducted in Bahasa Malaysia in 2016 for primary school and 2021 for secondary schools, she said she hoped that the PPSMI option would be indefinite.
Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah said the Government should be commended for listening to appeals by parents.
“Previously, parents were worried because there was so much uncertainty over the PPSMI issue. At least, the air has been cleared and we know what will happen when our children go to school next year,” said Azwanddin.
He declined to comment on the decision to hold Science and Maths lessons entirely in Bahasa Malaysia in 2016 for primary school and 2021 for secondary schools.
Malacca Action Group For Parents in Education president Mak Chee Kin expressed his concern that more confusion would arise from the option given to schools to teach the subjects in either Bahasa Malaysia or English.
Penang PAGE chapter coordinator Rowena Yam said the group would continue to champion the PPSMI to be an option.
“Our request is very reasonable. What about the children of the future generation? What we ask is a continuation of the existing system,” she said.
Yam said PAGE was planning a gathering of its supporters from different states to bring its message across.
More than 10 parent-teacher associations are expected to attend a meeting at the Penang Club at 10am today.
National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said information of the policy must be well disseminated to the public to avoid any misunderstanding.
She said the ministry’s soft landing approach was very flexible and supportive of students.