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LMei
07-02-2006, 04:17 PM
I am amazed... or should I say shocked? :eek:

40 schools in basic skills project (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/2/7/nation/13314736&sec=nation)

IPOH: Forty primary schools have been identified to take part in a pilot project to ensure that all pupils can read and write when they enter secondary schools.

State Education director Mohamad Zakaria Mohd Noor said there had been complaints that some pupils were unable to do that when they went to Form One.

“We want to make sure that all those who enter Form One are able to read and write,” he told a press conference yesterday.

“It will help us overcome weaknesses in (reading, writing and counting) among pupils,” he added.

Zakaria said the pilot project was also part of a move to obtain an ISO certification on the management of teaching and learning in primary schools.

“We are now looking at the details on how to obtain the certification,” he said, adding that the department had embarked on the project last year.

On six-year-old maths whiz Adi Putra Abdul Ghani, Zakaria said his officers were monitoring the development of the child and they would send him a copy of Adi Putra’s progress report every fortnight.

When I used to study in Brunei, you can't enter the next grade or form unless you pass! E.g. If you fail Primary 2, you have to repeat and pass in order to get into Primary 3. This is to ensure you have the basics/pre-requisites in order for you to not fall behind by entering the higher grade. Truth be told, what is the point of going to the next level where the teachers are teaching you how to divide and multiply in mathematics when you can't even count or add?

Therefore I was quite surprised when I came to Malaysia and discover that you can continue to the next Form even if you fail but you end up in a lousy class.

So now they are promoted to Secondary school without even knowing how to read and write? Think about the psychological impact on these kids. No wonder they don't like school or learning stuff because it's too difficult for them. How can they learn History or Science when they can't read simple Peter and Jane? This will in turn give them a reason to play truant. It's embarrassing isn't it if your classmates find out you can't actually read/write? And teachers will think you're plain lazy and refuse to learn. I mean who would dare admit that he can't read in Form 1?

Wow... and I wonder how they got through the entire 6 years of Primary school. :confused:

idolfan
07-02-2006, 04:33 PM
I was amazed as well when I read the report earlier.... they dun really have any figures to show how bad the real situation is nationwide...

then again when education minister is too busy playing politics with pemuda and querying other ministries , dun expect any drastic measures in the near future.

kwchang
07-02-2006, 11:55 PM
Don't be surprised ... you may not know it but even in the USA, such a problem exists. Perhaps there are some children who just can't read? There are problems like dyslexia or autism that go unrecognised and the child suffers.

VeeJay
08-02-2006, 09:27 AM
I'm not surprised with the report somehow...even during my school days, ( I studied at both SK and semi-gomen) school. As I moved from SG to SK, I found almost 40% of the student cant read and write for the grade they are at. Most of them dropped off school after SRP....

So Form 4 was a smaller class with new fresh students transferred from other school!

jojo
08-02-2006, 04:10 PM
I was amazed as well when I read the report earlier.... they dun really have any figures to show how bad the real situation is nationwide...

then again when education minister is too busy playing politics with pemuda and querying other ministries , dun expect any drastic measures in the near future.

It is 100% true the politicians are busy with their private agenda.Reading and writing is the fundamental of a knowledgeable society and I think it is a great disgrace for the Education Ministry to come out with this issue now. Children should be able to read and write before they enter Year One. If only one or two children have the problem it could be due to dyslexia etc. But a whole lot of them, its time the so call men sitting on the power stool make changes and look in depth why this is happening, and not wait the last minute. That is why we elected them and not sit on their leather chair in the office and do nothing.This is the future of our children.

joker2107
15-02-2006, 11:54 PM
theres a major dif btwn giving someone an education and educating that person. decades back when d only subject we studied 4 in bm was d language bm, i was in a huge missionary sch. more than 25% of my classmates in form 4 & 5 (higher percentage in d "lower classes") were govt scholars from d kg who were definitely out of place. in form 6, we had a smaller percentage of which from d arts stream 1 made it 2 be a laywer (cum politician now) n d rest r unheard of probably hving 2 relocate back 2 their paid fields or fishing nets. no offence meant, but just 2 highlight d sad indifferent callous manner in which "education policies" r implemented. here d victims hv lost 4 years after failing in upper sec "education" struggling 2 learn something academic when they might jolly well hv been shaming others in being an agricultural supremo. oh yes, most of d guys wud hv made good in acting, no kidding about their talent here. but 4 d gals, i really feel sad that my good friends wud end up s domestic engineers despite hving gone thru a pre-u education.

theres a chinese saying (hakka version) "how sim mau how pau", loosely translated 2 mean "good deeds r not appreciated". many a time when my well meaning mum did something 4 me on her own accord, i end up hving 2 tell her "but thats not what i want or need!".

in d same breathe, d nep may b just s well meaning. but is it reaping d anticipated fruits? or r d objectivers n implementation in dire need of review?