A few days ago, Sekolah Satu Aliran was discussed in Di Luar Lingkungan @ TV1 with paneled by:
Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim
YB Ir Haji Hamim Samuri
Ahli Parlimen Ledang
Presiden Makkal Sakhti
Two of them agreeable to SSS, but RS Thanenthiran not really in the same tone. Satu Sekolah portal was aired in the early part of the show and so did OnDaStreet’s.
It seems that this topic keep on being discussed. One of the latest, Dong Zong released a reply in regards with this matter. It sounded like this:
Chinese groups against national schools’ BM syllabus
Kong See Hoh
Yap Sin Tian
Pheng Yin HuahKUALA LUMPUR (Nov 17, 2009): A number of Chinese groups are against the Education Ministry’s proposal for vernacular primary schools to adopt the same syllabus used in national schools for the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) language subject, the Chinese press reported today.Currently, the BM textbooks used in Chinese and Tamil primary schools are different from that used in national schools. So are the UPSR (Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah) BM examination papers.
Responding to a report in Sin Chew Daily, which broke the story on standardising the BM syllabus on Monday, Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) president Dr Yap Sin Tian sees the move as burdening pupils from vernacular schools who have to grapple with three languages.
He pointed out that for Chinese schools, where BM is taught as a second language, to adopt the same syllabus as that used in national schools, where BM is taught as a first language, goes against the principles of the national education philosophy.
He said Chinese school pupils have to learn three languages and cannot be expected to follow the same syllabus and the same way of learning BM as their peers in national schools.
To force Chinese schools to adopt the same syllabus will also affect the character of these schools, he said.
He urged the ministry not to resort to all means to change the syllabuses in Chinese schools. National Union of Heads of School president Pang Chong Leong echoed Yap’s concern on the possibility of an added burden on Chinese schools pupils.
He was worried that Chinese schools pupils might not be able to catch up as they have one more language to learn than national school pupils.
Pang, who said he had made clear the union’s stand at a meeting with the ministry, hoped that it would think thrice on the proposal.
Hua Zong (Federation of Chinese Associations in Malaysia) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said instead of raising the standard of BM in vernacular schools, the move may backfire as the pupils, because of the medium of instruction in their schools, may have problems coping with syllabus of a higher standard.
He said pupils may end up with an aversion to the language, and “worse still for Chinese schools, parents seeking better environment to learn the national language may decide to send their children to national schools where Chinese language is already made a subject”.
Wee Ka SiongUnited Chinese School Alumni Association of Malaysia said in a statement that Chinese schools cannot accept the proposal as it is a roundabout way of reducing the number of classes for subjects taught in Mandarin.It has been reported that the ministry proposed that along with the change in syllabus, vernacular schools will have to teach BM an additional 90 minutes a week, at the expense of other subjects.
On Monday, Education Director-General Datuk Alimuddin Md Dom told Nanyang Siang Pau that the government is considering adopting national school BM syllabus in vernacular schools beginning with Year One in 2012.
He said if the pilot project proves successful in Year One, it would be extended to other classes.
He said the move is aimed at bring the standard of the language in vernacular schools to be on par with national schools.
However, he said it is still at the conceptual stage.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry needs in-depth studies on the proposal and has yet to make a decision.
He said he had objected to the proposal in at least three internal meetings.
JMD posted an article in regards with the reply and given his thoughts. And one of the commentators, vinnan replied to a comment given earlier. Interesting to see that vinnan that I know (by his/her comments) usually gives such short and full of hatred and provocation comments.
Below is his comment, portioned and divided for my response to his reply comment.
You are wrong. In the US you will find schools teaching in Spanish and even have government forms in Spanish. You will also find Chinese schools teaching in Mandarin.
ODS: Don’t they still use English as main medium of language? Do they or do they not?
As for the lack of enthusiasm in learning the national language, please do not blame the Chinese. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s Chinese vernacular schools were NOT the school of choice for Chinese parents. Chinese parents sent their kids to the English medium schools because the standard of education of these schools were better than the Chinese schools.
ODS: We are talking about Bahasa Malaysia, not English. However, since you are banking on better English, if really English is that good in SJKs that made parents shift to SJKs, the SJKs should also make sure Bahasa Malaysia is excellent too. Ain’t it? After all, which “National” are we referring to? Malaysia or Chinese or Indian?
Then your Razak ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ decided to change everything into Malay and promoted the Malay language dominance ideology over academic excellence. As if the drop in academic excellence was not bad enough the UMNO government added Islam to these schools turning them into nothing but pathetic Taliban wannabe rubbish centers. Fortunately, Chinese majority Singapore did not adopt this idiotic, myopic and racist view. Now their universities are to say the least light years ahead of the ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ universities in Malaysia.
ODS: Wasn’t “Razak” you say the Prime Minister of our country at that time? He was our leader, and I suppose that with info provided and where he was standing at, he and his ministers must have seen what need to be done as a whole. Furthermore, Bahasa Malaysia is the National Language. Therefore, such statement like “promoted the Malay language dominance ideology over academic excellence” for me sounded as if someone is in ignorance indeed.
Although Islamic teachings (like other religions in this world) is applicable to all humankind, the effort taken is to emphasize more on muslim community, yet still using National Language as main medium of teachings and interaction. In other words, the religous schools are still condoning to National Education System and using National Language.
The Chinese and Indians reject the SKs because the government is more interested in using them to brainwash the Malays into dying for the ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ ideology rather than the promotion of academic excellence as their primary function.
ODS: Brainwash? Is that the highest priority in giving education all Malaysians and trying to push for academic excellence? In what way does this “brainwash” being implemented in SKs.. I wonder…
For all you Melayus who think the vernacular schools should disappear, please remember that it was UMNO’s stupid racist ideology which rescued the Chinese and Tamil schools. Your UMNO racist are responsible for the shitbucket Malaysia has for an education system. The non-Malays WILL never accept blame for this pile of shit.
ODS: The starting of this para itself already shown how racist one can be. Is SK is just for Malay? Since when we heard any of Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenis Melayu all over Malaysia? Since when is all about UMNO? Where have the others been? Is it, by those words uttered means that other Barisan component parties which have gone through many elections and voted to take care of this nation, do not involve in ANYTHING in regards to management of this country?
As for such reasons given for opposing the idea, I have yet to read a brilliant reason to justify such act of not agreeable to One School System.
Question from OnDaStreet: Which National are you referring to? Malaysia or others?