Najib attack on Muhyuddin’s Linguistic chauvinism Bilingualism in Malay and English and the new national education blueprint

Najib attack  on Muhyuddin’s Linguistic chauvinism  Bilingualism in Malay and English and the new national education blueprint
This is another half-cooked blueprint which does not cater for the needs of all Malaysians with different cultural, religious and ethics background. We want Mathematics and Science in English.
The blueprint also lacks soft infrastructure to improve the teaching capability of school teachers in Malaysia.Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim. remarks came after the Najib administration launched the new masterplan running from 2013-2025 that aims to reform the education system and bring it on par with those in developed countries It’s a sad day for Malaysia

Deputy prime ministe MUHYIDDIN YASSIN is not capable to be education minister. Malaysia converted its English language medium schools to Malay medium schools in the 1970′s but reintroduced English as a medium of instruction for mathematics and science in 2003.

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 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MUHYIDDIN YASSIN  OVERTURNED IN 2009 IN WHAT MANY PERCEIVED TO BE AN EFFORT TO PLACATE BOTH MALAY AND MANDARIN HARDLINE GROUPS.  MALAYSIA CURRENTLY OFFERS PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THREE LANGUAGES — MALAY, MANDARIN AND TAMIL — WHILE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION REMAINS THE PRESERVE OF THOSE WEALTHY ENOUGH TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS. the deputy prime minister is not capable to be education minister. MUHYIDDIN YASSIN must sacked before more damage is done to our education system in Malaysia.

Language in education is often contested on political rather than academic grounds in Malaysia, with both Malay and Mandarin advocate groups  in the past threatening backlashes at the polls if their language demands were not met.

The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) meanwhile said yesterday that abolishing the option of giving children the option to learn science and mathematics in English  — the lingua franca of the two subjects — could be severe, including a continued decline in the interest in science. “South Korea spends 50 percent of its education budget to teaching Mathematics and Science in English,” said Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

In Malaysia, quality education equals to scoring many As in the SPM – never mind if the pass mark is 20 percent, and 40 percent will get you an A. Put is bluntly, this is just another insincere election stunt by this incompetent government.

Najib said that the issue of education must transcend politics and political parties.

“We must ensure every child regardless of place and race can reach their God given potential if they are willing to work for it,” he said. “To ensure a bright future, leaders need the moral fortitude to depoliticise education and make decisions for the sake of the children and not for populist reasons.”

The prime minister also stressed that nobody has a monopoly on knowledge and the era of “government knows best” was over.

“I invite all Malaysians to give their input on the plan,” he said.

But will the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English result in students mastering the three subjects in one go? Many of those who studied Mathematics and Science in non-English are successful today.

Mathematics and Science should be taught in the language that is understood by students. Teaching them in English will result in failure in Mathematics, Science and English.

Scientist: If you have a big complicated stuff to figure out, you break it into small and simpler pieces and figure them out one by one. Conversely, if you mingle small and simple stuffs together, you make things complicated to figure out.

Learning English and learning Maths and Science are two distinct and independent processes. How is learning Maths and Science in English supposed to be more efficient than learning them separately?
PAGE has been at the forefront of a campaign to reinstall English as the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics, a move endorsed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but not his successors.

“You expect more when the government uses terms like ‘transformation’ and ‘review’. Fortunately, they (the government) have till December to make it a proper transformation,” she added.

She also criticised the blueprint’s advisory panel for not emphasising the importance of English, singling out the consultants from South Korea and Singapore.To do well in this technological world the country has to use all its people who have the necessary ability and brainpower.

But the BN’s racist policies do not allow it to do that and consequently even the best education system in the world will not result in any significant improvement in obtaining high quality graduates.

So far BN has been fooling the public by lowering the standards and producing a large number of people with a string of As and then making them take up the easy matriculation course so as to admit them into the universities through the backdoor and then granting degrees to a lot of sub-standard students.

The simplest and easiest way to select the best people to enter the universities and produce quality graduates is by making all the students sit for a common entrance exam.

But the racist Umno and the equally racist BTN-indoctrinated public servants are unlikely to act along these lines because it would reduce the Malay intake into the universities.

“(South) Korea spent twenty per cent of their education budget to teach their people English alone, and then there’s Singapore, which uses English as their main medium. Why did neither of them speak up for the need of English?”

“South Korea spends 50 percent of its education budget to teaching Mathematics and Science in English,” said Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

No wonder the South Koreans are so formidable in scientific and consumer innovations now, even leap frogging the Japanese in the latter’s market. It looks like we are only interested in the jaguh kampung (village hero) market.

In Malaysia, quality education equals to scoring many As in the SPM – never mind if the pass mark is 20 percent, and 40 percent will get you an A. Put is bluntly, this is just another insincere election stunt by this incompetent government.
And along with this question, how much was the Korean (former education minister Byong-Man Ahn) paid to make his ‘envious statement’?she said.

The masterplan does endorse, however, bilingualism in Malay and English.

 

Noor Azimah further said she was disappointed that none of PAGE’s three requests was dealt with in the blueprint.

“There were three hot items that we spoke of during the roundtables ― introducing English medium schools, the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English, and the need for an independent education minister who is not a politician. None of these were addressed,” she said.

When asked about the absence of UNESCO’s report from today’s unveiling, Noor Azimah said it was evidence that the government lacked transparency.

To do well in this technological world the country has to use all its people who have the necessary ability and brainpower.

But the BN’s racist policies do not allow it to do that and consequently even the best education system in the world will not result in any significant improvement in obtaining high quality graduates.

So far BN has been fooling the public by lowering the standards and producing a large number of people with a string of As and then making them take up the easy matriculation course so as to admit them into the universities through the backdoor and then granting degrees to a lot of sub-standard students.

The simplest and easiest way to select the best people to enter the universities and produce quality graduates is by making all the students sit for a common entrance exam.

But the racist Umno and the equally racist BTN-indoctrinated public servants are unlikely to act along these lines because it would reduce the Malay intake into the universities. Maybe Malaysia sits at the bottom third of Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings because of the actions of parents and religion in crushing Malaysian children’s ability to think logically and to question.

Then they are handed over to teachers who grew up as non-thinkers themselves. An excellent formula for failure.

The government should consider installing air conditioners in all classrooms, including the staff rooms. Only then will you see productivity and better results amongst our students and teachers.There is no need for a blueprint. What the government and the Education Ministry are resorting to is re-branding; that’s like engaging an international advertising agency to do the job.

Why is there a need for blueprint? Is it an acknowledgement that our education system is a failure? Only two things need to be done to ensure our students are able to complete globally.

First, allow PPSMI (Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English) to continue. The second issue requires a mammoth move that would probably trample the whole assessment grades of the Malaysian Examination Syndicate.

Look at the grades of our public exams – they get better each year and more students score straight As. Is the Examination Syndicate willing to face reality and grade the public exams according to merit?

In short, do not give out ‘A’ grade as if it was the PM giving out the BR1M. Yes, there are students who deserve straight As, but then again there are more who do not deserve them.The matter of our poor standard of education is not because of the system or implementation, but because of the implementor. When we change the implementor, then the standard of our education will drastically improve.

Who is the current implementor? It has been Umno-BN for the last 55 years. This equates to giving a poor quality government in BN an additional term and expecting different results after 55 years of the same thing.

Najib will forever be known as the repackager of same policies to pull the wool over gullible rakyat

“UNESCO’s report was done by April this year, and during one roundtable, they specifically mentioned the need for the language for both Mathematics and Science subjects to be reviewed.

“If this government does not want to take the advice of its foreign experts, then they should not bother recruiting them,” she added.

PAGE has actively lobbied for children to be given the option to learn science and mathematics in English  — the lingua franca of the two subjects — saying that the repercussion of not doing so could be severe, including a continued decline in the interest in science.

The Najib administration appears, however, to be caught between different language groups each pushing for their own agenda.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed in his speech at the launch that mastery of the English language was a valuable asset and would not come at the expense of the national language.

But the masterplan did not give any consideration for the teaching of mathematics and science in English nor the return of English medium schools

Linguistic chauvinism and national unity

Some of my blogger colleagues here have resurrected the debate on the value of education in one’s mother tongue. Educationists have long recognized this value. But the move to bring the issue to the fore again comes too late.

I’m part of a charitable organization that runs a school for poor children in Bangalore. The children’s fathers are graveyard keepers, autorickshaw drivers, carpenters; mothers are homemakers or maids.

It’s a very well run and well kept English medium school, as good as many of the ones that middle class children go to. We don’t charge any fees. Last year, our first batch of kindergarten children was to move into Std 1. We had previously applied to the Karnataka government for permission to start Std 1. The government responded saying we could start only if we use Kannada as the medium of instruction.

When we communicated that to the parents, many immediately said they would withdraw their children from the school. It was a huge disappointment for us, having spent years building and growing the school. We came very close to shutting it. But then somebody alerted us to the possibility of continuing with English medium through the central government’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) scheme. NIOS accreditation comes with the condition that the school must not charge any fees. Since we weren’t charging fees, that was not a problem for us.

So that’s where we are now. We have applied for NIOS accreditation and the school meanwhile has started Std 1 with English as the medium of instruction.

My point is simple. Many of the poorest in our society also today want English as the medium of instruction for their children. The notion that English is necessary for progress and that English as a medium of instruction is necessary to fully absorb and understand the language has gone deep into the psyche of our people. Too deep for any government now to make radical changes to the policy on medium of instruction.

Indeed, the Karnataka government attempted it again, as recently as 2006. The then JD(S) government found that hundreds of schools that had received permission to start schools with Kannada as the medium of instruction had violated that condition and quietly converted to using English as the medium of instruction. The government issued an order derecognizing the schools, and directed the lakhs of students in them to shift to other schools.

The matter went to court. And at each step, the courts struck down the government’s order, saying it went against the rights and desires of parents.

The Supreme Court’s observations in its ruling in 2009 was telling. A three-judge bench said that if states tried to impose their mother tongues on unwilling students, it could turn counter-productive. “They (those who study in schools imparting education in mother tongue) are unable to get even clerical posts. It is easy to say things. How do we survive in the world?…Students from villages can’t compete with their peers in urban areas…Parents are ready to pay Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 for getting their children admitted to English medium schools. This is the real state of affairs. They do not want to send them to schools of their mother tongue. It should be left to the parents,” the judges said.

Even if some government still tries to impose the mother tongue, I’m sure parents and schools will find ways out of it, just as we did with NIOS. Anyway, the Karnataka government is currently busy shutting down many of its own Kannada-medium schools because they have no takers. In 2009-10, nearly 500 government-run lower primary schools across Karnataka were shut as they had fewer than five students each. Last year it announced that it is looking at shutting another 1,500.

There’s another huge problem in India. In most countries where the mother tongue is the medium of instruction, just about everybody, including the elite and the upper middle classes, go to such schools. In India, can we now even imagine convincing our elite and upper middle classes to send their children to schools where the medium of instruction is not English? Indeed, for a significant proportion of these sections, English has become the mother tongue, and if it hasn’t yet, it will certainly become within the next generation. And as the joke always goes, even the politicians and litterateurs who make much ado about the need for mother tongue as the medium of instruction send their children to English medium schools.

If the upper sections of society continue to send their children to English medium schools, with what face can we ask others to go into mother-tongue medium schools? They certainly won’t accept it. And they certainly won’t accept the premise that it’s possible to learn English well even if the medium of instruction is the mother tongue.

Yes, many of us will feel a massive sense of loss for India’s language diversity. But equally, over time, we may learn to celebrate the oneness that a single language brings.

It has been long tradition to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra on certain logics by non-marathis. You are not exception. 101 people died in police fire ordered by then Gujarati CM of combined state of Maharshtra & Gujrat who were want Mumbai integral part of Maharshtra. This are the sentiments attached by Marathis with mumbai which lacked in people who came from other state & lived in Mumbai.
About anti madrassi movement. At that time ‘madrassis’ were doing nepotism which hurting marathi’s right share in jobs in Mumbai. I worked in company who had earlier lot of south indians working who were reduced after Shiv Sena movement & slowly given those jobs to Marathi youths. Still that company runs great.
Example is given because person moved to mumbai become great because of mumbai not otherway. It is only matter who moved & who not. Just like Benglore will not become tamil because lot many tamil IT engineers move there.
Currently UP/Biharis are doing nepotism so there will be reaction. Why Biharis need to come to mumbai to give railway exam in mumbai. Beacuse railway ministers from last few years is from Bihar & they get favoured in jobs in railways. If Biharis are really great at study we have more Bihari IT engineers & Patna would have become silicon vally of India.
When the British, following their victory in 1857, re-formed the administrative space into what they called ‘presidencies’ they did not care to observe linguistic norms in their demarcation. The old Bengal Presidency, for instance, included a portion of today’s Orissa, almost all of Assam and Bihar and the presidency of Madras included some Telugu districts, certainly all of Tamil districts, Malabar, a Malayalam-speaking district and South Kanada, a multilingual district. There was no logic whatsoever in the demarcation of presidencies, whether Bengal, Madras, Bombay or the United Province.

At one time, the Bombay presidency included Sind, the present districts of Gujarat and Maharashtra and some of present-day Karnataka. It was the Congress Party which was the first to classify its provincial committees along linguistic lines and this, in due course, was to encourage first the Telugu leaders and subsequently leaders from other multilingual States to demand fresh demarcation of States on the original Congress model.

Linguistic States certainly have their merit. They help to bring together people from all castes, creeds, communities and religion. That is why even Jawaharlal Nehru who was originally opposed to the formation of linguistic States ultimately decided to given in. Madras (now Chennai) was recognisably the accepted capital of Tamilnadu as was Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh and Ahmedabad of Gujarat. Bombay (now Mumbai) presented a problem.

Unlike other provincial cities it has always had a distinct character of its own. In the first place it is home in large measure of people speaking several languages, apart from Marathi. In the early years of its development, it was the stronghold of Parsis who spoke their own version of Gujarati. The city was developed primarily by Parsi and Gujarati entrepreneurship, Konkan mill labour, Telugu road builders, Tamils and Malayalis who largely formed the managerial infrastructure of business houses and the Shettys of Kanara who went into the hotel business. Their city attracted people from all over India. The film world was largely inhabited by people from the North and Bombay was a mosaic, a dome of many – coloured glass, and happily accepted as such.There was wholesome realisation and acceptance of the role each regional or linguistic group could play. That is, until the Shiv Sena came into existence. Prosperity of certain non-Marathi speaking classes was viewed with jealousy which was transformed into hatred.
The entrepreneurial talent and organisational abilities of non-Marathi speaking classes were viewed with jealousy which was transformed into hatred. The entrepreneurial talent and organisational abilities of non-Marathi speaking classes were held to ransom; innocent and defenceless south Indian clerks were occasionally manhandled by Shiv Sena followers on the theory that they held a monopoly in clerical jobs in business concerns. The appeal was to the worst chauvinism and fears of the lower middle classes among the Marathi-speaking population. It worked.
Shiv Sena delegates got elected to the Bombay Municipal Corporation and Shiv Sena captured political power inevitably leading to financial gains. Bal Thackeray came to be a figure to be reckoned with. The sponsored anti-Madrassi sentiment thereafter voluntarily came under check. It had served its purpose. It had succeeded in pitching the Shiv Sena to reach unbelievable political heights. The term ‘Madrassi’ was an all-encompassing word left largely undefined because the Shiv Sena Karmiks couldn’t differentiate a Tamilian from a Malayali or an Andhraite.
All linguistic groups lived in ghettoes. It was difficult for the Shiv Sena leaders to accept the fact that the Marathi lower middle-classes were unaccustomed to physical labour such as road-building, construction of houses, hoteliering and sundry jobs for which outside labour was needed. What mattered was access to power and one way to achieve it was fanning hatred, against ‘outsiders’. The tactics were the invention of the Shiv Sena founder but these are now being re-invented by his nephew Raj Thackeray who was brushed aside as heir to the Shiv Sena throne and is now determined to come into his own. The nephew is carrying on a vendetta against his uncle at the cost of national unity, a sad story. So old hatreds are being resurrected. Then the target were the ‘Madrassis’. Now the hatred is against the poor and the needy from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
What has Amitabh Bachchan done to Maharashtra it is being asked not realising that Amitabh Bachchan has done more for not just Maharashtra but for the whole of India, more than all the Shiv Sena leaders and sainiks put together have done. Forgotten is the fact that Mumbai is not just the capital of Maharashtra but is the economic capital of all India and denying entry into Mumbai of people from the rest of India is destroying the very concept of One India One People.
If Raj Thackeray’s Navnirman Sena – Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) – prevents people from other parts of India to enter Mumbai, what will prevent ‘outsiders’ from stopping Marathi manus from crossing Maharashtra’s border, since he will be an ‘alien’ in the MNS lingo? logic has never been a Shiv Sena strong point.
What counts is an illogical approach to protecting self-interests howsoever defined, though Bal Thackeray has belatedly acknowledged Amitabh Bachchan’s great contribution to Mumbai, Maharashtra and India. But it is time Raj Thackeray’s hate-mongering is checked in time before it does irreparable damage to India’s essential unity. Mumbai needs sweat labour which the Marathi manus cannot adequately provide, but a Bihari unemployed can.
Structural Mumbai was built mostly by labour from distant places and Mumbai should be eternally grateful to their contribution. It is doing no favour to the Maruthi manus by banning the entry to Bihari or Uttar Pradeshi labour, apart from its being anti-national and meriting harsh jail sentence. India is One and Indivisible. Indians of all castes, religions and linguistic affiliations depend on each other and have been doing so for ages. Raj Thackeray should be made aware of it. It is time for all political parties to act unitedly against disruptive forces such as have been unleashed by MNS, and Sharad Pawar has already shown a willingness to do so. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra but it was built through the blood and sweat of people from all over India, a truth which must be dinned into the ears of Raj Thackeray. Amitabh Bachchan owes no apology to the MNS or to Shiv Sena. His brand name itself is the biggest contribution he could make not just to Mumbai but to Maharashtra and to India. The MNS must be grateful to Bachchan and to the thousands and millions from outside Mumbai who had made it their home and have given the city their varied labour. Not to do so is to insult Maharastra’s great leaders like Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak not to speak of the one and only Chhtrapathi Shivaji himself, the greatest nationalist of all.
The central govt in Delhi has plans to wantonly ignore other languages and pave the way for their decline by sole use of Hindi and by the portrial of India to the outside world as Hindia.
Except for some sentiments raised by Tamils, other language speakers are simply taking it for granted to accept Hindi as their officated mother tongue.
Some examples of Hindian propoganda by both the Hindian central government and large MNCs:
1>Gas books across India printed only in Hindi and English
2>Air Hindia, Hindian Airlines, S(J)et(h) Airway etc having announcements only in English and Hindi.
3>Hindi being compulsory in CBSE schools while Hindian can choose to skip the state language in favour of Sanskrit
4>Lack of opportunity of native Tamils in the north leave alone North Indians to learn Tamil and other southern languages in their areas
5>Tamil being portrayed with lude ‘comical’ roles in Hindian films
6>Hindian railways train tickets skipping the state language
7>Airports (like in Madras) hiring Hindians who cant speak Tamil/state language
8>Hindian Railway and other Hindian institution websites restricted to only Hindi and English
9>Hindian movies only being sent to the Oscars and other cultural events ignoring other languages
10>Hindian bank passbooks skipping the state language
11>ATMs of most banks (Citibank, Hindian Bank etc restricting to Hindi and English)
12>Looking down on states of Tamil Nadu because of refusal to prescribe to “accept-Hindi-as-your-language” attitude
13. The very use of the term “Regional language” to non-Hindi languages
14. The use of Hindian stickers in trains and else portaying “speaking Hindi is nationalism” and other propoganda messages stating use of English or non-Hindi as not being nationalistic.
15. The very absence of languages other than Hindi on the symbol of citizenship of the country– the passport

The above is a part of a sinister policy create to transform India to simply Hindia or Hindistan.
These remarks are taken as fascist…but you need to ask yourself whether the National Language policy of India itself isnt fascist.
If you trace the history since independence regarding the use of language apart from Hindi, you can foretell the future plan for this fascist policy.

This Hindian fascism should not make it a big mistake for India to be a lingual union. The last thing for the country is encouragement a colonial attitude by speakers of the “elevated” lingo.

With the Hegemony of Hindi forced in nationalized bank like SYNDICATE BANK (HINDICATE BANK?), HINDIAN BANK, HINDIAN AIRPORTS, HINDIAN AIRLINES AND BAN OF LANGUAGE LIKE MARATHI, TAMIL WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES, MORE AND MORE HEROS LIKE RAJ THACKERAY WILL BE BORN.

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