Act against those who refuse to teach in English

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Apr 2003

From the Tamil Press

THE Government has been urged to take disciplinary action against teachers who refuse to teach Mathematics and Science in English, Malaysia Nanban said in its editorial yesterday. 

It also asked the Education Ministry to investigate complaints lodged by headmasters against such teachers. 

The daily said that the teachers had failed to abide by the Government's policy to improve English. 

It cited lack of proficiency of the teachers in English as the reason and proposed to the ministry to send them for further training.  

The daily quoted Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad as saying that the ministry could understand if primary school teachers were not proficient in English, but he would not “tolerate” teachers in Lower Six who refuse to teach the two subjects in English. 

Malaysia Nanban managing editor Athi Kumanan had asked the community, political leaders and readers to stop sending their comments on the controversial statement of People's Progressive Party president Datuk M. Kayveas on Tamil schools and to put the matter to rest. 

The PPP members had demonstrated and the burnt the daily in front of its headquarters at Batu Complex, off Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur on April 20. 

Tamil Nesan highlighted the plight of two Indian nationals who were brought in by an employment agency and were allegedly treated as slaves by an employer in Banting, Selangor. 

The daily said the men escaped from their employer and sought help from Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam's special assistant M. Mahadevan.  

They alleged that they had been made to work without salary and were beaten up by the employer when they demanded food. 

Both men claimed that they had each paid about RM10, 000 to the employment agent in Chennai, Tamil Nadu by mortgaging their land and pawning their jewellery. 

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