OUR Prime Minister has been emphasising the spirit of “1MALAYSIA” to enhance peace, harmony and security in our country.
How can this be achieved?
First, the importance of racial unity should be instilled at the grassroots level, our schools.
Racial unity should be inculcated as early as primary school, particularly in national schools (sekolah kebangsaan).
But with the emergence of more Chinese, Tamil and religious (Agama) schools, enrolment for national schools is negatively affected.
The need to learn one’s own mother tongue could be the driving force for vernacular schools.
After all, language is the bridge to one’s culture.
Strengthening the teaching of Pupils’ Own Language (POL) would improve the multiracial enrolment in national schools.
Currently, some national schools have either Chinese or Tamil classes and others have POL lessons after school hours.
However, attending POL classes after school hours is very inconvenient for most pupils. With the current trend of going for tuition, this adds to the stress. There is also a shortage of POL teachers.
To address the problem, I humbly request the Education Ministry to look into the POL teacher shortage more seriously and to also consider having the classes during school hours.
This will also reduce the financial burden of staying back for the lessons after school hours.