KUCHING: It’s all systems go for the schools in Sarawak to teach Mathematics and Science in English for Year One pupils starting next year, says Datuk Seri Michael Manyin.
The state Education, Technological Research and Science Minister said the modules for both subjects to be taught in English had already been developed by the federal Education Ministry, while teachers would be trained starting next month.
“The materials will be printed (in Peninsular Malaysia) but we will bear the cost. That is already finalised.
“We are going to train the teachers next month. So we are confident it can be implemented next year, ” he told reporters after opening the 28th Melta international conference here.
Themed “English Language Education and Society 5.0: Developing Sustainable Literacies”, the three-day conference was organised by the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta).
Manyin announced in May that Sarawak would start teaching Mathematics and Science in English next year, but the arrangements were still being firmed up.
This came after Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik conveyed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s request for the state to take the lead in the matter during a courtesy call with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg on April 24.
The move will involve 1, 046 primary schools statewide except for Chinese schools which preferred to continue teaching Mathematics and Science in Mandarin.
On another matter, Manyin said the repair of dilapidated schools in Sarawak would only be able to start once the Finance Ministry issues a directive to the Education Ministry.
He said tenders for repairing the first five schools, which was supposed to start this month, had not been called yet as there was no directive from the Finance Ministry.
“We had a meeting last week and the (education) minister said he was waiting for a directive from the Finance Ministry.
“So once there is a directive, we can start and the minister himself will launch it, ” Manyin said.
It was reported earlier that repair work could start on five schools this month after the state government agreed to pay RM350mil of its debt to the Federal Government.
The RM350mil would then be extended to the state for the repair of dilapidated schools.