ENGLISH: Allow those who excel in the language to flourish

Email Print 25 October 2012 | last updated at 12:15AM

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THE letter, “All to lose by depriving them” (NST, Oct 12), is yet another letter on the significance of the English language as a window to the world of knowledge and lamenting on the declining standard of English among students.
These have been the main concerns of most educational stakeholders and, yet, not much coverage was given to the proliferation of the English language in the Malaysia Education blueprint.
The blueprint aims to transform our education system to be on a par with developed nations so that Malaysian students can compete globally.
To achieve this, strategic reforms will be implemented at various levels of the education sector to provide world-class education for every child.
Though the blueprint is well written and comprehensive, the English language issue has not been addressed fully.
The issue of English-medium schools and the teaching of Science and Maths in English (PPSMI) were not mentioned in the blueprint.
And these two issues were the most talked about and debated issues by stakeholders and academicians.
Dialogues, discussions, forums and seminars have been held with the stakeholders and the Education Ministry over the need for English-medium schools and the reversal to PPSMI.
English schools are fundamental to our education system to check the deterioration of English.
To some communities in Malaysia, the English language has become the mother tongue or vernacular language for their children. Many educated Malays, Chinese and Indians speak English at home and it has become the first language of their children.
English-medium schools are needed for this generation of children, who are proficient and competent in the language.
Depriving them the school of their choice of language and placing them in national or vernacular schools denies them their full potential and talent.
Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan

Read more: ENGLISH: Allow those who excel in the language to flourish – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/english-allow-those-who-excel-in-the-language-to-flourish-1.161853?cache=%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.197525%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.212941%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2AJh5iVbY

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