It’s all splashed
the STAR cover page today (22nd July 2015) aptly titled “We must mind our English’. Several Science and Math workbooks for students preparing for public exams are littered with bad grammar. The workbooks were also plagued by jumbled tenses and wrong prepositions, raising questions about quality checks done on these publications. in
There has been growing, urgent calls by various quarters to make proficiency in English a top national priority. The top corporate citizens talk about it. The Royals voice concerns
the teachers and the parents almost lost voices from talking about it. too while
Long before Mr. Middleton of ‘Oh My English!” fame, there was Mr. Brown and his motley crew of foreign students learning English as a second language in ‘Mind Your Language’.
What are these programs? They are all actually mocks of our own poor grasp of
Are we moving forward or in the reverse gear? What actually goes wrong?
I was a science stream student back in the 80s, not the teachers’ favorite type I must admit. My petite Biology teacher, Cikgu Faridah, whom we called ‘Sheila Majid’ (no prizes for guessing why) even had to do a full teary eye session just to ‘wake us’ up. And unexpectedly 80% of the class got credits in her subject for SPM. She took pride in her teaching
switched from her medic education background. Is it the quality of the teachers then? career having
The teachers of today can’t do public canning, physical punishments, and they can’t even ‘
’ to the students. They have to be ‘Mesra Pelajar’ all the time. One of my wife’s students menjeling late to school for 2 months in a row and later on absent for another 1 came ‘cikgu month citing ’ (I can imagine why). His mother wrote a letter to the Principal citing ‘tidak boleh bangun pagi’ as the reason. He was subsequently dismissed. His parents went to the PPD, appealed, and got him readmitted to the same school with a clean file. What a precedent! ‘Oh My Student!’ next? Is it the school system now of overly protecting the students that their ‘ garang goes up’? ( fat naik ). lemak
The teachers are also now overly burdened with a plethora of new programs, exam systems, and what not. They will be burnout over time from stress and anxiety. Has the national education system failed us? I will now just leave the questions
for ‘politically correct’ reason. opened