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Jennylim
06-01-2010, 12:29 AM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/3/focus/5374243&sec=focus

A rational view from Datuk Seri Fong C.O. giving you a clearer picture on SJKC. For some, he tells you why you are barking at the wrong tree!

kwchang
06-01-2010, 12:57 AM
HaHa, the article had one big misinformation. Dato Sri Dr Fong had left out one factor in schooling history and that was the English schools. He asked "why" the Chinese vernacular schools' student population increased ... I can tell you why. If you checked the history of student populations in the different types of schools, you should find that the increase in student population in the Chinese schools was directly related to the conversion of English schools to Kebangsaan schools.

I can safely bet that if English schools are revived today, the population of Chinese schools will shift towards the English schools.

Jennylim
06-01-2010, 01:23 AM
From what I read, his intention is give a brief understanding about SJKC past and current, the system and their contribution, not about English education in Malaysia. That's why he has only briefly mentioned about Missionary schools that used mostly English. He also did not talk much about Malay school, etc.

Jeyanthy
07-01-2010, 09:18 AM
HaHa, the article had one big misinformation. Dato Sri Dr Fong had left out one factor in schooling history and that was the English schools. He asked "why" the Chinese vernacular schools' student population increased ... I can tell you why. If you checked the history of student populations in the different types of schools, you should find that the increase in student population in the Chinese schools was directly related to the conversion of English schools to Kebangsaan schools.

I can safely bet that if English schools are revived today, the population of Chinese schools will shift towards the English schools.


I agree with you. Moreover, all schools then had Mandarin or Tamil that they could take DURING school hours. That made a whole lot of difference. Now they have introduce MORAL for non-muslims during that period!

Most parents simply want their children to speak their mother tongue not so much be a scholar at it. Another factor is discipline. Singapore has done a great job at this. All children there all go through the entire Primary and Secondary school learning their mother tongue. I don't know why Malaysia didn't adopt this simple method. Plus education shouldn't be subjected to political changes. There should be a separate body to govern this.

The recent announcement to teach Maths and Science in English is simply absurd. If there were English medium schools, this will never be a problem for us. Those who want to study it in Malay can do so in the National schools.

My son has studied Maths and Science in English from Std 1 to Form 2. In 2012, however, he will sit for his Maths and Science for PMR in Malay!!!

My daughter studied Maths and Science in Malay from Std 1 -6. Then studied them in English in Form 1-4. In Form 5 she will be sitting for SPM, and Maths and Science will be in Malay again!!

I definitely vote to bring back the English medium schools.