Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Waiting for feedback on Science and Maths

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is waiting for feedback from other ministries before presenting the study on the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English to the Cabinet.
Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said he had received a short briefing on the issue.

“But I will get a more in-depth one next week,” he told reporters after the handover of duties from Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Muhyiddin said he would not make further statements on the issue as he had not seen the study.
The Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (ETeMS, or better known by its Malay acronym PPSMI) policy was implemented in phases, beginning with Year One, Form One and Lower Six students in 2003.

During Hishammuddin’s term as education minister, he had held several round-table discussions with various parties for their feedback on the issue.

On another matter, Muhyiddin said his officers should emulate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak by going to the ground without much formality to meet target groups such as teachers, students and their parents.

He said meeting the people was important as the ministry had over 500,000 teachers and 5.4 million students.

Muhyiddin said he and his deputy ministers, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, would take the same initiative.

He also said he would ensure that the National Education Blueprint from 2006 to 2010, which was put in place by Hishammuddin, would continue.

Sumber : The Star 15 April 2009

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