BN’s weakness exposed in PPSMI row

(Harakah Daily) – PAS said the controversy surrounding the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) had only exposed the incompetency of the government with regards to formulating important policies affecting the country’s future.

According to information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, the on-going row on PPSMI was due to BN’s inconsistent education policy, which he said would change every time a new Education minister took over.

“The people can see how every time there is change in Education Minister, new rules will be introduced to the extent that the country’s education policy will be affected.

“The ever-changing policy shows the Barisan Nasional government’s tendency to make a policy without solid research and planning,” said the Pahang PAS commissioner.

Tuan Ibrahim said such constant changing of policies would have grave to consequences in the development of the next generation.

“In fact, it is a waste of money. If it was responsible and smart in planning, these things should not happen,” he stressed.

Tuan Ibrahim said nothing was certain in the latest about-turn to revert to teaching mathematics and science subjects in Malay.

“The people should not be surprised if the BN government will make another U-turn,” he reminded.

Deputy prime minister and Education minister Muhyiddin Yassin had earlier announced the abolishment of PPSMI in national schools, saying it was in the best interest of the 5.3 million students.

PKR vice president Azmin Ali had meanwhile welcomed the move and cautioned critics that PPSMI would not guarantee a country to advance.

“Developed country like Japan, Korea and German did not teach technical subjects in English, in fact they defended their own language,” he said.