It has all fallen on deaf ears. The education sector is a victim once again. Every time we have a new education minister, we have to endure the inane decisions made.
Same answers and same excuses. Many committees have been formed. Many ideas have been given. If they were implemented, we would have seen results by now.
Our education system is going down the drain. And what do we do?
We keep introducing new subjects. Students are bogged down with heavy bags, books and unnecessary pressure. We do not rectify the weaknesses, but pile on the weakness instead.
We brag that we have the best system. This may be true on paper, but in reality, we are a crying shame as countries that used to be weaker than us, have now overtaken us.
Stop blaming rural students for their lack of proficiency in English. If they are not taught well, how do they improve? Increase informal learning.
That will improve the confidence to speak the language and reduce the phobia. School concerts, plays, dramas, singing competition, debate and public speaking should be brought back to school.
Informal learning such as these can be done in English. Reduce the number of learning subjects. For example, we do not need Moral, Civics or Pendidikan Jasmani as three different subjects, but as one subject.
Let our children enjoy learning once again. We do not need roundtable committees and studies on why the standard of English is in such a deplorable state.
We know the answer, but we refuse to accept it. English is not our national language, but it is a global language that covers many aspects of education via the Internet.
Most Malaysians are not readers because they cannot understand what they read. Do not compare us with Japan, Korea or even China, saying that they, too, do not learn English.
While we fight to accept our children's weakness here, these countries have moved forward and embraced English. We have regressed; they have progressed.
Wake up, Education Ministry! Wake up, teachers and parents! We need quality, not quantity.
Children need a good foundation in education to have an employable qualification. This does not mean we have to send them to private or international schools.
National schools can do the job. There is no use producing weak graduates because a person with a Form Five qualification of the past has more quality than a graduate today.
No more excuses. We want change and a good change.
A change that can be seen in a child in terms of language and thinking skills. Education must move with the times, because time and tide wait for no man. Sarala Poobalan, Kuala Lumpur The NST Letters 11 September 2015