Maths, Science to be taught in English in Sarawak primary schools

Sarawak will be the first state to implement the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English for primary schools. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Sarawak will be the first state to implement the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English for primary schools, Education Minister Maszlee Malik announced here today.

Mazslee said the Sarawak government has also agreed to assist in training personnel to teach the subjects in English.

“The Sarawak government has implemented several initiatives through the state education department and universities to ensure that the teachers are capable of teaching the subjects in English,” he said after a meeting with Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg here.

Last month, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government had taken the middle-road approach to the teaching of Science and Mathematics in schools.

He said this would allow schools to opt to teach the two subjects in English or Malay because some Malaysians supported the idea while others were opposed to it.

In another development, Maszlee said his ministry will issue an official statement on its decision concerning the Sarawak government’s offer of a RM1 billion loan to repair dilapidated schools in the state.

The state government had proposed that the money be repaid against its existing debt with the federal government.

Putrajaya initially agreed to accept the offer but later turned it down and requested that the state government make an “advance payment” for the repair works instead.