Federation against increase in teaching hours for BM, English

Monday November 26, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/26/sarawak/12369132&sec=sarawak

By ZORA CHAN
zora@thestar.com.my

KUCHING: The Chinese in Sarawak want the Government to maintain the present education policy concerning Chinese-medium primary schools.

Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations president Temenggong Lu Kim Yong said members of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak held a meeting last month to discuss the Malaysia Education Blueprint.

During the meeting, he said, they came to the conclusion that the Government should not increase the teaching hours for Bahasa Malaysia and English too drastically at the expense of Chinese language.

“If the Government wishes to upgrade the standard of Bahasa Malaysia and English among pupils, do it slowly and don’t reduce the period for Chinese language,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Lu said the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak president Dr Wong Aik Loong would meet Edu-cation Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Putrajaya today to hand in a memorandum on the matter.

“The memorandum covers the voices and views of the Chinese in the state on several issues including education,” he said.

He said the federation hoped the Government would allow Chinese-medium primary schools to impart lessons in Mandarin to ensure that the young generation would not forget their mother tongue.

“We hope the Government will continue to encourage a multi-racial society and where education is concerned, it should not only be limited to promoting the national language,” he said.

The federation also hoped that pupils from Chinese-medium schools who did well in Bahasa Malaysia in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) would be allowed to enter Form One in national-type schools directly.

“For those who did poorly, they should be placed in transition class,” he said.