“DR M: Put aside nationalist pride, allow English in teaching of Science, Maths” (The Star, July 16; online at bit.ly/star_language) – this suggestion will resonate strongly with and earn praises from right thinking Malaysian parents and the progressive education sector.
The government’s strategy to make Malaysia a centre of educational excellence requires that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses be taught in English.
Note that Singapore’s superior human capital and workforce (ranked 13th in the 2016 Human Capital Report ) is due, in no small part, to their strong English.
As English is dominant internationally, at least science, maths, technology and business subjects should be taught in English.
Students’ proficiency in the English language takes time and resources to fully develop. As good command of any language usually takes years to develop, the sooner we start on the road to competently teach and use English in technical and business subjects, the better for us as we strive to become a high-income nation.
Arguably, using English is not a matter of reducing nationalist pride but boosting it with a realistic, practical pathway to advance Malaysia.
SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW
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