Sunday, August 09, 2009

Wrong for Education Department to intefere in Parent-Teacher Association - Respect freedom of opinion

It is outrageous - it is certainly not a democratic action..

The problem is that when the UMNO-led BN government decided to revert back to using Bahasa Melayu in the teaching of Science and Maths - it was not at all done democratically. There never was a referendum.

REFERENDUM - that is the way a government gets the feedback of the people...but not in Malaysia, for here the PM decides (and all the Cabinet possibly just follow suit) ...

UMNO decides...and the rest of the BN component parties just follow... [Did the various BN parties even do a referendum/poll amongst its own members?]

Let us listen to these 'minority views' - or is it in truth the views of the majority?

After all, should not parents and the students themselves have a bigger say in the language that would like to study Maths and Science?

Where do the PM and the Ministers (and the 'big-guns' in society) send their children to study? In the local schools and universities...just like all other Malaysians. I do not think so - and it is an irony that it is they wh0 decide on the schools, the curriculum, the language of instructions, etc...

Decisions that affect the people of Malaysia must be decided by REFERENDUM by the people always.... we have to start becoming truly democratic in Malaysia...

Maybe, the Malaysian government should do a referendum about ISA and the other laws that allow for Detention Without Trial [ A poll on the Home Ministry website is certainly not enough...]

Parents of SMK Seri Hartamas students are fuming over a directive to bar a meeting to voice their opposition over the reversal of the policy to use English as the medium of instruction for science and mathematics.

The Parents-Teachers Association's (PTA) extraordinary general meeting was supposed to have been held in the school compound this morning, but the Education Department, through the school, had ruled the meeting null and void.

As the decision was handed orally to the PTA late yesterday afternoon, many parents were not informed and gathered at the school gates, only to be disappointed.

Though unable to hold the meeting, the parents were however able to witness one agenda of the intended EGM, which was to count ballots slips from parents stating whether they wanted the teaching of science and mathematics to continue in that school.

Of the 553 ballots counted, an overwhelming 97 percent were in favour. A total of 1,310 ballot slips were issued to students to hand over to their parents.

PTA president Salmah Abu Bakar (photo, left) said the results of the poll would be forwarded to the prime minister and education minister along with an appeal.

"We want to tell them that the teaching of science and mathematics in English is good for this school. We want to be exempted," she said.

Salmah said many parents sent their children to this school because of its high standard of teaching in English, thus the PTA wants status quo maintained.

'EGM by the book'

PTA deputy president Azimah Abd Rahim said the EGM was called "by the book" and there was no reason for the authorities to bar the meeting.

"We understand that PTAs in many schools nationwide want to hold similar EGMs and they are facing the same problems. We hope they would be allowed to do so," she said.

According to Azimah, there was no written instruction stopping them from holding the meeting and teachers did not take part in the PTA's activity today.

PTA committee member Mazidah Mohd Zin said she was worried that her child who had learnt science in mathematics in primary school, would have to revert to Bahasa Malaysia just two years before sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

She is concerned that her child would have problems adjusting in such a short period of time and is hopeful that the government would consider the PTA's appeal.

Another parent, Yee Li Li, said that she has two children in the school, and the youngest, now in Form 1, had urged her to act as she had already undergone six years of primary schooling in English for the two subjects.

"I'm representing my daughters who themselves are opposed to the language switch," she said. - Malaysiakini, 8/8/2009,
Language switch: Gov't bars parents-teachers meet

1 comment:

nckeat88 said...

Stop talking freedom of speech, I notice you tend to filter the comments