A BN minister of education, Muhyiddin Yassin, has finally admitted that the teaching of maths and science in English the last six years has not improved the performance of students in those subjects.
It is ridiculous that the administration needed six years, a lost generation, millions of ringgit spent and unreported frustration of both students and teachers to finally realize that this policy has gained too little to justify the trouble and investment.
Muhyiddin promised a review and some changes which will be announced soon. I hope that the review was comprehensively conducted and a solution can be provided to address the slide. This nation cannot wait for another six years to find out that this solution is yet another failure and a let down.
The use of English to teach maths and science subjects was a legacy of a dictator which had refused to listen to any good feedback about the shortcomings of his proposal. Years ago, I had a chance to speak to a senior cabinet member of his administration. Admitted his displeasure for the policy, he warned that this policy can only be reversed when the dictator is no longer around.
This speaks volume of the wisdom behind the use of English to teach maths and science. What is the policy trying to achieve - improvement in the proficiency of English or the mastery of maths and science?
At present, it is obvious that the policy has failed to achieve either.
In my last post, I had mentioned about the Malaysian dilemma - inability of policy makers to think beyond the surface of a concept and are too egoistic to admit their lack of knowledge. This is the biggest threat to our country.
For the nation's sake, please stop toying around with the future of our children. Leave it (the education policy) to the real experts - I hope KPI Minister Koh is whispering this advice into the ear of his boss.