Hey, in years to come, our children [yours] would be probably reading UTUSAN MALAYSIA or Berita Harian for their daily diet of news and views.
Definitely this teaching science and maths in Malay will benefit UMNO in more ways than one.
Malay would probably be the language people know best and feel the most for by then. Anything wrong with that?
I thought about it. I studied all subjects except English Language in Malay as well, from primary, to secondary, up to university.
Malay isn’t my mother tongue. But I lived among kampung folks who spoke Malay.
But then again I spoke English at home, I read kid’s encyclopedia and story books in English since I was 6.
My teachers, who made up of all races, were excellent in several languages. They were well trained in teaching as well.
There is not much I can say about some teachers these days, if I go by the complaints my 10 year niece bring home everyday.
“[This or that teacher] is lazy, always going for kursus, always on maternity leave, always on sick leave, always tells us to do our own work, mark our own books”.
No wonder tuition classes are indispensable.
So with those encouraging factors on my side, I did not have a problem in university, although I studied in a different tongue.
Some who studied in their mother tongue language all their schooling lives did struggle through university as most of the books in university back then were in English.
Some friends had a tough time. Even those who spoke English at homes found some difficulties, what about others?
This is not to say that those who studied merely in their mother tongue did not excel in English or in their studies at university.
They did, and many I know ended up mastering 3 or 4 and more spoken and written languages. Which made me really envious!
Remarkable. They are so marketable now!
But the whole thing is not solely about the medium of language as much as it is about the government’s lack of conscience or its arrogance in imposing a decision without a referendum of consultation with the people.
Also the BIG question of poorly thought out education system need to be addressed first.
What about the poor quality of teachers? Of students’ questionable literacy rates despite attending years of schools?
I wonder what is Najib Razak’s scores as PM now since this controversy erupted a few days ago?
Hope it plummets to zero!