Loh Seng Kok

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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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Science, maths in English stressful for students

Loh Seng Kok | Nov 26, 08 4:16pm  Malaysiakini

Many views and opinions had been put forward regarding the teaching of science and mathematics in English. As concerned parent who cares for our children in their studies and who keeps in touch with teachers and the development of education in our country, I would like to put forward the facts of the realities of our children’s ability to cope with the present education system.

1. Most of the parents welcome, think good and have no objection to the teaching of science and maths in English in secondary schools, except that there is much to be improved.

2. Most of the parents with children in primary schools would like to see their children improve and acquire the foundation and ability to read, write and communicate in English, knowing the importance of English in the working society and international arena.

3. As parents, we know the strengths and weakness of our children at this age (primary age) to cope with the increasing workload put on them at the primary level. This includes:

i) They have to cope with the increasing standard of the national language (Bahasa Melayu).

ii) In vernacular schools, they have to cope with the increasing standards of their mother tongue language.

iii) They have to cope with the extra subjects to study - science and maths (in both languages for vernacular schools), civic studies, projects for civic studies and local studies etc.

The effect of this extra workload and studies have brought negative impacts:

1. The majority of students stressed up, losing their joyful childhood and lack time to develop their growth in other areas which are equally important in growing up as a person. Just like a plant, our children are losing balance in their growing-up years and this is retarding their proper growth.

2. The majority of the teachers are facing more stress and frustration due to an extra workload and their inability to teach science and maths in English which further leads to depressed feelings due to failure to deliver in their job.

3. In implementing the teaching of science and maths in English, the standards of both subjects are being compromised or lowered.

Have all the above happening gives the ministry of education enough facts to see that the purpose of our education system has been defeated particularly in this matter and needs to be reviewed.

Most parents in primary schools, particularly the vernacular schools, would tell you that apart from hoping that their children would not be robbed of the opportunity to be grounded in the three languages before they go on to secondary schools, they would also hope to see that their children would be grounded in basic knowledge such as mathematics and science which are more important than learning English through these subjects.

As parents, we realise that it’s always an advantage for our children to acquire some exposure to maths and science terminologies before they go on to secondary schools for easier coping..

Yet as a human being, even we adults also find it to be too much of a stress to cope with so much of studies at the primary school level, what more children at this age? Have we adults put ourselves in their shoes? Have we, like the Chinese sayings ‘pulled the seedlings from the soil to help the plant grow faster’? And the end result is disaster?

Thus, many parents and teachers whom I have talked to and who keep in touch with our children’s education would like to put forward this proposal to the ministry for their serious consideration in making a decision regarding the teaching of science and maths in English at the primary school level:

1. Incorporate the science and maths knowledge into the English subject and let it be taught as one subject that is English.

2. Increase the number of English lessons in school.

This will help the students to improve their English standard besides acquiring some basic knowledge in science and maths in English as a preparation for them to cope with the switch to science and maths in English in secondary school later.

It will also help to reduce some stress for both the teachers and students as they have fewer subjects to cope with particularly in the vernacular schools.

Teachers in each subject would then be able to focus on the teaching of either English or science and maths. This will eventually help to improve the standard of English and impart or build the necessary foundation for science and maths among our children at this age.

The way our children grow will shape and determine the way our nation goes.

The writer is an MCA central committee member.

 

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