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PAGE thumbs down education blueprint

 | September 11, 2012

The Education Ministry is in a 'denial dream', says the geoup’s leader, Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

PETALING JAYA: Students will suffer from the Education Ministry’s preoccupation with the Malay language at the expense of science and technology, according to the Parents Action Group for Education (PAGE).

“Why are they pretending that the language of science and technology is Malay?” asked PAGE chief Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim. “They are definitely in a denial dream.”

She was commenting on the new education blueprint that the government unveiled this morning.

“The blueprint is a total letdown since they played safe by not addressing key issues and recommendations,” she said.

Noting that South Korea’s former education minister was among the international experts consulted in the drafting of the blueprint, she said: “South Korea allocated 50% of its education budget on teaching Mathematics and Science in English. Our education ministry did not take that into consideration.”

She also alleged that the blueprint ignored recommendations by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

“It had recommended that the medium of instruction be reviewed immediately,” she said.

She said PAGE’s own three recommendations had been sidelined as well.

“We had asked for English medium schools. Second, we asked for Science and Mathematics to be taught in English and we also recommended that the Education Minister appointed is not a politician.”

Azimah’s sentiments were not shared by the Peninsular Malay Students Federation (GPMS).

“We fully support the blueprint as it received the full support of the people,” said GPMS deputy president Ezaruddin Abdul Rahman.

“We are just worried about the implementation and hope it would not affect Malay students,” he added.

Zakaria Kasa of the National Professors Council, meanwhile, expressed his confidence in the blueprint, saying it would ensure the continuity of the present system.

“Most of what was outlined is already being implemented,” he said. “Now we have to ensure proper implementation and output. The blueprint brings about a shift forward.”

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