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Sunday November 6, 2011

‘PPSMI policy should be carried on for many generations’

PETALING JAYA: Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) will continue its push for the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) to be allowed as an option for students.

PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said PPSMI was a timeless policy that should be carried on for many generations to come.

This year's Year One pupils, who were the first batch to study the two subjects in Bahasa Malaysia since the reversal of the policy in 2009, should not be excluded from having the option, she said.

“We cannot stop here. We must ensure that the current Year One pupils are not discriminated against and that the policy will be continued for the many generations to come because it is a visionary policy,” she said yesterday.

“As we are moving forward, the emphasis on science and technology will become even greater. We have to act fast. The school year is coming to an end.”

On the same page: Yam (second from right) discussing former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s response on the PPSMI policy in The Star with PAGE members.

When asked about the group's next move, Noor Azimah said she would issue a statement soon.

PAGE and other groups have appealed to the Education Ministry to consider the voices of parents who wanted the option to have PPSMI in schools.

On Friday, the Government announced its decision to maintain PPSMI for students who have started learning the subjects in the language.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the subjects would be taught in Bahasa Malaysia from 2016 for primary schools and 2021 for secondary schools.

PAGE Penang chapter coordinator Rowena Yam said Muhyiddin's announcement did not address the group's request.

“We will continue to fight for PPSMI to be an option for students because the future generation will be affected by the reversal of this policy,” she said yesterday.

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