Published: Monday January 28, 2013 MYT 3:02:00 PM
Groups want independent findings on PPSMI included in education blueprint
By NICHOLAS CHENG
PETALING JAYA: Education advocacy groups want independent findings that generally favour the retention of Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) to be included in the National Education Blueprint.
The groups' representatives claimed Monday that the Blueprint, set to be tabled in Cabinet Wednesday, did not address the concerns of various stakeholders.
They claimed the Blueprint limited the lengthy PPSMI debate to merely one sentence in its framework.
The groups are Parents Action Group for Education (PAGE), Concerned Parenrs Selangor (CPS), Malacca Action Group For Parents in Education (Magpie) and Herald of Penang for Education (HOPE).
CPS coordinator Shamsudin Hamid said a memorandum would be submitted to the Education Ministry on Feb 19, demanding that PPSMI be retained as an option, the reintroduction of English medium schools and for a non-political appointee to head the ministry.
PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdil Rahim urged Cabinet members not to rush through the approval of the Blueprint, but rather deliberate on it further, highlighting the need to consider independent reports which went into its drafting process.
HOPE deputy chair Krishnan Srinivasan said there were reports of confusion among parents when it came to PPSMI, where school principals were given authority to choose whether to continue it or not.
Magpie chairman Mak Chee Kin called on parents to join them in submitting the memorandum to appeal for the option for students to study Science and Maths in English.
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