DPM: BM syllabus will not be forced on Chinese schools

Wednesday October 24, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/24/nation/12216053&sec=nation

By MAZWIN NIK ANIS and AMINUDDIN MOHSIN
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry will not force Chinese vernacular schools to use the national primary school Bahasa Malaysia syllabus for those in Years Four to Six.

Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he had received the report from MCA on the disagreement by the Chinese community on the proposal to use the national school BM syllabus in national-type schools and planned to meet with Chinese education groups to explain about the proposed changes.

“We won’t force it if they don’t want it but we want them to have a look at the proposed changes first. There won’t be any added time slots for BM classes, only a change in content.

“We’re trying to bridge the gap between BM results in national schools and vernacular schools. If they catch up, we can abolish remove classes.

“But if they still think their pupils cannot cope, then we will continue with remove classes,” he said after closing the Malaysian National Education Management Convention for Super Principals here yesterday.

He added that the difference between the two syllabus was minor and focuses more on terminology and vocabulary.

He said the change would also not affect mother tongue education and all other classes in national-type schools would still be taught in their respective mother tongue.

The proposed change in national-type school BM syllabus from Years Four to Six is part of the strategy to implement the second shift of the Preliminary Report Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 to ensure every child is proficient in English and BM by introducing a common BM syllabus at the primary level.

On another matter, Muhyiddin said that debating whether Malaysia was a secular country or not was a pointless exercise.

“This is a non-issue, except for certain groups who are looking to find political dividends from the argument,” he said, adding that the polemic would not benefit any party.

Earlier, when opening the 38th Asean-Japan Business Meeting, Muhyiddin said Asean countries and Japan needed to shape the future relationship to suit current realities.

He said if in the past Japan was Asean’s principal partner in economic matters, today, the regional grouping’s engagement has expanded to include China, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.