GEORGE TOWN: The exclusion of the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) from the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 should not be an issue as the programme was already scheduled to end in 2021.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry had already decided to implement the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening English (MBMMBI) programme.
He said that furthermore, the importance of mastering both English and Malay had already been listed in the blueprint.
Dr Mohd Puad was commenting on the disappointment expressed by several NGOs that PPSMI was not included in the blueprint.
PPSMI will be phased out in primary schools by 2016 and 2021 in secondary schools.
Dr Mohd Puad also said the ministry's decision to proceed with MBMMBI was right because according to a Unesco study, pupils were able to master knowledge easier if taught in their mother tongue.
“During the recent Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference in Mauritius, the countries also took a stand that the medium for primary education should be the native language.”
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