Keep Remove Classes in vernacular schools, Govt urged

Sunday October 7, 2012

By TAN EE LOO and KANG SOON CHEN
educate@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: A gathering here supporting the growth of Chinese education wants the Government to retain Remove Classes in vernacular schools.

This was among the resolutions taken at the end of a symposium on the preliminary report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Remove Classes are for those who fail to secure a minimum Grade C in the Bahasa Malaysia reading, comprehension and writing papers in the UPSR examination in primary schools.

One of the 11 strategies in the report is to abolish these classes.

Feedback: Liow speaking to United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiow Chuen and United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon (right) at the symposium in Kuala Lumpur.Feedback: Liow speaking to United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiow Chuen and United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon (right) at the symposium in Kuala Lumpur.

More than 200 educationists, parents, students and the public turned up for the symposium, organised by the MCA education bureau, to voice their concerns on Chinese education in the country.

Participants also opposed the idea for Chinese vernacular schools to adopt the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus for Years Four to Six, used in national schools.

They also called on the Education Ministry to invest in teacher training to tackle the shortage.

Other suggestions included the use of Chinese as the language of administration in Chinese schools and increasing the number of Chinese independent schools to more than the current 60.

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who opened the symposium, said: “Chinese education is here to stay.”

The MCA deputy president said that as long as MCA represented the Chinese community, it would ensure that the Chinese vernacular schools remained unchanged.

“Not only that, we plan to continually increase the performance of these schools,” he said.

“The Chinese education has always been an integral part of the education system.”

MCA education bureau chairman Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the views gathered at the symposium would be submitted to the Government before the education roadmap is released in December.

He encouraged the public to give their feedback during the Education Ministry’s open day, which began yesterday.

Two sessions kicked off in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. These will be followed in Johor Baru and Kota Baru (Oct 13), and Kuching and Kota Kinabalu (Oct 20).

The public can also provide their feedback on the Malaysian National Education Review Facebook page.

On another matter, Dr Wee said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had agreed to review the new assessment format for the History paper in the SPM examination next year.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, announced in 2010 that History would be a compulsory subject to pass the SPM examination from this year.

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