Campaign for PPSMI as option
The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia’s (PAGE) Penang Chapter will be collecting signatures for a petition to ask the Government to have the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) as an option in national schools.
Representative Rowena Yam said parents who supported the group’s efforts should be present at the Speakers Square in Esplanade here at 5pm on Oct 23 where PAGE representatives would speak on the matter and collect the signatures.
Yam said it would not cost the Government much or any loss if it made PPSMI an option in national schools.
“It is unfair to revert the teaching of Science and Mathematics to Bahasa for students entering Form One next year since they have been exposed to PPSMI for six years in primary school,” she said at a press conference at Wawasan Open University here on Saturday.
St Xavier’s Institution (Secondary) Parent-Teacher Association president Adrian Lee said all parents wanted was to prepare their children to meet the needs of the work force.
He said multinational companies wanted employees who were proficient in English.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced in 2009 that the Government would revert the teaching of Science and Mathematics to Bahasa in national schools and Chinese and Tamil in vernacular schools from 2012 while more emphasis would be placed on English.