EDUCATION: Parents would like choice of schools

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15 October 2012 | last updated at 11:27PM

By Lim Bee Hoon, Batu Pahat, Johor

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I REFER to the letter by Datuk Dr Anwar Hassan “Consider giving students an option” (NST, Oct 10). Yes, why not give parents the option of choosing to which school to send their children? Right now, those who can afford it would go to private or international schools.

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English can be mastered only through constant use and practice.

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The ones who have no choice are stuck in either national or vernacular schools.

If the latter are allowed, what is wrong with allowing English-medium schools?

By allowing mission schools of yesterday to be English-medium schools of today, I am positive the response would be good.

The many retirees who are English educated can be roped in to assist and, thus, spend their time productively. Or is the government worried that it would be at the expense of the national language?

I digress, as most of us who were English educated are bilingual in Malay and English.

It is so much easier to learn to speak in BM but with English, it’s different because of the intricacies of grammar and tenses.

English can be mastered only through use and practice. People who are open-minded and look ahead would never think twice about mastering a second language to get on in life.

Only people who are threatened by progress deny the importance of English.

Those who studied in such schools like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir are testimony to their fruitfulness and success.

 

 

Read more: EDUCATION: Parents would like choice of schools – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-parents-would-like-choice-of-schools-1.157065#ixzz2A0XPlAVG

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