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three months after helming the education ministry. Besides the decision to abolish the PPSMI. Muhyiddin said: "The government's commitment in abolishing the PPSMI should not be questioned. 2009. raising the literacy and numeracy rate. Muhyiddin had also stressed on prudent spending because the allocation would be better channelled to enhance the quality of teachers than building infrastructure projects. strengthen English KUALA LUMPUR: After seven tumultuous years. creating high performance schools and giving recognition to outstanding principals and headmasters. adding that pre-school pupils would be increased by 20 per cent in 2012. English teachers. which will not be disadvantageous to either PPSMI defenders or opponents. the government's commitment and sincerity in placing the people's interest first. namely widening and strengthening pre-school education. December 11. we have reaffirmed our stand of not reverting to the old policy." He said the preparation towards that direction had begun. although it would start only in 2012. said the deputy prime minister. but rather strike a balance between them. Efforts to improve the command of English in schools would start at a tender age through the pre-school education system. come what may.PPSMI and MBMMBI are two separate issues NST Friday. and it was not done halfheartedly as the government did not want to be drawn into controversies when the new policy was introduced. 08. two-pronged policy known as ''Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the Command of English''. The decision is final. The PPSMI will be replaced by a new. will be given additional . who are willing to serve in rural areas. the government has decided to abolish the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI).23 AM New policy to uphold Bahasa Melayu. which would be incorporated in the national education system. should be seen in the light of the 2010 Budget which has allocated RM30 billion to educational expenditure. The hallmark decision was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on July 8. Muhyiddin's appointment as the education minister showed the importance attached to education by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The ministry would also focus on four educational sub-National Key Result Areas (NKRA). starting 2012.
"These are part of the incentives. -. which is in the offing. as well as in their endeavour to deal with problems at hand. to enhance educators' professionalism. the country's education system is recognised to be among the most successful in providing access to education to the people. which will be continued by the ministry. Malaysia was ranked 45th out of 129 countries in the education system by Unesco's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2009. The accolades should be accorded to the education ministry's employees for their professionalism in enhancing the education system. After an eventful year. The suggestion of a single-stream education system. calls for greater commitment on their part. and could only be changed if all races were willing to accept and practise it.BERNAMA . Najib felt that the government would opt for the single-stream education system only when the people were ready and willing to accept it. they must now forge ahead to take the education system to greater heights as changes in the new education policy. like the Influenza A(H1N1) scare and floods.incentives to ensure that rural students are not left behind when the strategy to strengthen the command of the language is implemented in 2012. For Muhyiddin. which had affected schools." noted Muhyiddin. although he agreed with the single-stream arrangement. Principals and teachers who succeed in enhancing the academic performance of students will be rewarded. had received mixed reactions from various quarters and was even debated in the Dewan Rakyat. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad supported the single-stream system as he believed the unsurpassed unity could only be achieved through education. recently raised by Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim. the country's multiple-stream system was inherited from the past. Despite the polemic.
Oct 20 2009 (Bernama) -. English usage will also be strengthened. unlike the six months taken to prepare for PPSMI's implementation. "However. 20 OCTOBER 2009 . adding that the implementation of the new policy also meant the urgent need to produce Science and Mathematics textbooks in Bahasa Malaysia as well as a new curriculum for teaching English. Muhyiddin. as the government could not please every group. the government had set 2012 for its implementation so as to give enough time for preparations. . said to avoid problems when implementing MBMMBI as what happened with PPSMI.000 additional teachers while to improve students' English proficiency.Government Will Not Return To PPSMI Policy KUALA LUMPUR. it would need many teachers who had mastered the language. their views have been considered in planning and implementing the MBMMBI policy. the ministry would need 13. So." he said in his reply to Mohd Nor Othman (BN-Hulu Terengganu) who wanted to know whether the government could ensure that it would not return to the old policy..000 to be recruited from next year. "We may even have to recruit English teachers from abroad. the government would thus not turn back despite appeals and pressure for PPSMI to continue. To a question from Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) whether former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's strong statement against the PPSMI being discontinued would have an impact on the current administration.The government will not return to the policy of teaching and learning Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) as the new policy of dignifying Bahasa Malaysia usage and raising English proficiency (MBMMBI) is in line with the country's need to dignify Bahasa Melayu as the national language. he said. including the 1." Later speaking to reporters at the parliament lobby. "He (Dr Mahathir) understands. He said the ministry was also looking at the possibility of implementing MBMMBI in 2011 for Year One pupils only as they would not be involved in PPSMI. Muhyiddin said he believed that Dr Mahathir did not mean asking the government to reverse its new policy. For instance. who is also deputy prime minister." he said. Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said towards this objective. And I had already stated that is was not all about the national language but also the English language.that it was the decision of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and he's an Umno and BN supporter. Muhyiddin said the people should not be unduly worried about the reversal of policy as the government was already taking preliminary measures to implement the new policy (MBMMBI) in 2012..TUE.
to enable the ministry to make proper preparations. and whether the new curriculum and Science and Mathematics textbooks will be ready by the end of 2010. -. He said until March this year. "Although the 'Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English' (PPSMI) has been abolished. "Almost 12. Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister. with 360 of these . the government is undertaking various efforts and and strategies to raise proficiency in English. and this year the ministry targets another 10. while the government had also brought in 375 English native speakers from abroad to improve the professionalism of English language lecturers and teachers." he said in reply to Senator Ng Fook Heng at the Dewan Negara sitting today. 25 April 2011 15:03 Last updated on Monday. the implementation of MBMMBI would commence in 2012. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move was in line with the implementation of the "Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening Command of English" (MBMMBI) policy for Year One primary school pupils starting from next year. MBMMBI was introduced to replace PPSMI from 2012. said besides setting up the MBMMBI Implementation Main Committee which was chaired by him.000 English language teachers this year to raise their competency in teaching the subject." Muhyiddin said for Year Four."However. which have affected their performance in the two subjects.000 teachers to undergo the same programme. 25 APRIL. 25 April 2011 15:09 MBMMBI: 10. Form One and Form Four students. considering that PPSMI would be abolished for Year One pupils from next year.BERNAMA Monday. after if was found that the policy failed to achieve its objective of raising students' proficiency in English. especially among rural students. 2011: The Education Ministry targets to train 10. Ng wanted to know the measures to be taken by the government to improve English proficiency of primary and secondary schoool students. the ministry targeted to hire 600 retired English language teachers on a contract basis from this year until 2013.000 teachers teaching English had attended the special training programme held last year.000 Teachers to be Specially Trained This Year KUALA LUMPUR. 168 of such teachers had taken up the offer. this will depend on several factors like whether there will be enough teachers.
"This means that the examination papers will be prepared in the two languages and it is up to the students to answer the questions in the language they can easily understand. the process would be done in stages until the full implementation of MBMMBI in 2015 which would also see the last cohort of the PPSMI programme. He said the government had also allocated RM6 million to supply additional reading material in English for primary schools' resource centres this year. with 20 primary schools chosen as the pioneer group last year and another 700 schools targeted for this year.Bernama www.malaysian digest. whereby the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics could be done in two languages. The deputy prime minister also said that to minimise the effects of the change of policy. .experts appointed as mentors for the English language teachers at 1.com Education : MBMMBI to being planned in 2012 15 July 2011-08-28 . depending on the capability of the teachers and pupils.800 primary schools. Muhyiddin said the capacity of the computers rooms in schools had also been raised to also serve as English language labs. the government had introduced the "soft landing" approach." He said to help the teachers and pupils adapt to the change.
Bahasa Melayu would be the only main language spoken and mastered .
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