Alimuddin: Ministry yet to decide on Science and Mathematics issue

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Aug 2008

PUTRAJAYA: There have been differing views on whether the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English should be retained.

Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom said these views were based on a series of roundtable discussions the ministry had held to discuss the policy since last month.

»One view is that thepolicy be retained butthat it be introducedeither in the secondhalf of primaryschool or onlyimplementedin secondaryschool«DATUK ALIMUDDIN MOHD DOM

“The three main views are that some groups want the policy to be retained while others don’t.

“Another view is that the policy be retained but that it be introduced either in the second half of primary school or only implemented in secondary school,” he told reporters at the end of the second roundtable discussion yesterday.

The policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English was implemented in phases, starting with Year One, Form One and Lower Six students in 2003.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had earlier announced that a decision on whether Science and Mathematics would continue to be taught in English would be made after the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results were released at the end of the year.

He said the decision would not be based on the UPSR results but that the ministry was only announcing the decision after the results were out as it needed time to go through more roundtable discussions to seek the views of different parties.

Alimuddin said the second roundtable discussion was attended by community leaders, Parent-Teacher Associations, Non-Governmental Organisations, representatives from teacher unions, corporate and professional bodies, interested individuals as well as ministry officials.

Two more roundtable discussions would be held in October, he said, adding that these were with teachers and students, and another with politicians.

“The ministry will refine the recommendations from the discussions.

“This will then be handed over to the minister with other reports and evaluations so that a decision can be made on the policy,” Alimuddin said.

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