PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has been urged to clear the confusion over the current status of the dual language programme (DLP) in schools.
Referring to reports about the postponement of the DLP for Primary One, Primary Four and Form 1, Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chief Noor Azimah Rahim noted that there had been no official announcement from the ministry.
Schools have the option to either run or dispense with the DLP, which allows students to study mathematics and science in either Bahasa Malaysia or English.
The general public was recently alerted to the alleged postponement by one “Cikgu Nurul” through a blog posting. The blogger said the “sudden postponement” had raised concerns in schools that had already implemented the programme.
Subsequently, a news report quoting an unidentified state education department official said the programme had been shelved.
Parents have turned to social media to complain about being kept in the dark.
Noor Azimah told FMT she believed there was a great demand from parents for the continuation of the programme.
She said it was unclear for how long the programme would be postponed.
“The education ministry should explain the true situation to parents,” she said. “There appears to be a lack of planning and this has marred the image of the ministry.”
She also spoke of schools that had applied to be DLP schools but had yet to receive a response from the ministry.
One of the parents who complained through social media, Mohd Asrul Mohd Noor, said he might pull his child out of DLP if the programme was not reinstated within two months. He said he feared the child would have problems catching up with his lessons.
Another parent, Richard Elias, said he could “no longer accept surprises” from the government. “What is wrong with the education ministry?” he wrote. He has daughters in Primary Two and Three.
Another parent, Warda Aina, said the lack of an official statement was “totally ridiculous”.
“Didn’t they have any long-term plan when they first wanted to implement it?” she asked, adding that she resented having her children treated like lab rats.
It has been reported that 1,593 schools had implemented DLP by the end of 2017.