Loh Seng Kok

Parlimen Malaysia

Barisan Nasional MCA

Loh Seng Kok 卢诚国
Member of Parliament for Kelana Jaya
雪州格拉那再也区国会议员
(2004 - Feb 2008)

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Urgent proposal from parents and teachers

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Thursday , October 9, 2008 (The Star)

Urgent proposal from parents and teachers

MANY views have been put forward regarding the teaching of Science and Maths in English. As a concerned parent who cares for my children in their studies andwho keeps in touch with teachers and the development of education in our country, I would like to put forward some of the facts regarding the present education system.

Most parents have no objection of teaching Science and Maths in English in the secondary schools, except that the method needs to be improved.

As for the children in the primary schools, the parents would like to see their kids acquire the ability to read, write and communicate in English, knowing the importance of the language in the work place and the international arena.

As parents, we know the strengths and weaknesses of our children in coping with the increasing workloads even at primary school level. They have to cope with the rising standard of the National Language and in vernacular schools, they also have to cope with the increasing standards of their mother tongue language.

In addition, they have to cope with the extra subjects Science and Maths (in both languages for vernacular schools), civics, projects for civics and local studies, etc. These extra studies and workloads have their negative impacts.

Most students are stressed up and missed the joys of their childhood. They lack time to develop in other areas which are equally important in their growing up..

The majority of teachers suffer stress and frustration due to the extra workload. For some, their inability to teach Science and Maths in English leads further to their depression.

Many parents and teachers whom I have talked to would like to submit this proposal to the Education Ministry for serious consideration while the decision on the teaching of Science and Maths in English is being made.

Firstly, incorporate Science and Maths knowledge into the English subject and let it be taught as one subject ... that is English in primary schools and secondly, increase the number of English lessons.

These will help improve the standard of English besides helping them to acquire some basic knowledge of Science and Maths in preparation for the switch to English in Science and Maths in the secondary schools.

It will also bring relief to the stressed teachers and students as they will have fewer subjects to cope with, particularly in the vernacular schools.

LOH SENG KOK,
Petaling Jaya.

 

 

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