PAS reiterates its stand against PPSMI

(The Star) – PAS has reiterated that it is against the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had introduced the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) in 2003 to help improve the command of English among students but the policy had failed to achieve this.

“The teaching of the subjects in English did not help improve students’ ability to speak well in English,” he said.

Mahfuz added that currently the emphasis on teaching English was mainly on reading and writing and little on speaking, and for this reason the subject should be improved and upgraded to include speaking ability.

He also said that the teaching of the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia was also acknowledging it as the national language and the medium of teaching.