EDUCATION: Improve standard of Bahasa in Chinese schools

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05 October 2012 | last updated at 11:24PM

By Michael Ng, Seremban, Negri Sembilan | letters@nstp.com.my

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I REFER to the report on the concerns of Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association) about the emphasis on Bahasa Malaysia and English in the Malaysia Education Blueprint.

Does it expect everything to be in Mandarin? The government already allows Mandarin and Tamil to be the medium of instruction in Chinese and Tamil schools.

I think the government should bring back English-medium schools. If that happened, I am sure many parents would pull their children out of vernacular schools.

In the 1960s, Chinese schools struggled to survive because of poor student enrolment.

When English-medium schools were done away with, all of a sudden, Chinese schools became the school of choice.

I am not saying that Chinese schools are bad, but it is the lack of hours allocated to the teaching of English language that peeves me.

Most of the subjects taught in these schools are already in Mandarin.

Further, I think the standard of Bahasa Malaysia and English taught in Chinese schools is lower than those in national schools.

That shows the interest people in charge of Chinese schools have in these two languages.

Therefore, I see no wrong in the government’s plan for Chinese schools to adopt the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus for national schools for their Year 4, 5 and 6 students.

They just have to bring their standards up to a par with national schools.

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