Tuesday, 3 January 2012

英语教数理课问题未解 // Teaching of Maths and Science in English



There should not be any uncertainty that whether the Mathematic and Science subjects can be taught in using English language or not in Sabah when the school starts in January. This was explained by the Sabah Education Director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin that his department is still trying to know which schools have the capacity to teach both the subjects in English. He said the school offering the English would have a tough time coping with the parents to have their children admitted to these schools.


沙州的学校于明年一月是否使用英语,国语或双语教数学和科学两个科目,不应该有任何不定。 沙巴州教育部总监拿督慕西丁(Datuk Dr. Muhiddin Yusin)说他的部门仍然要知道哪间学校有能力以英语教数理课。 他说,该些将能提供英语教课的学校,将会面对困难及应付家长们的需求。


沙教育部总监进一步表示说,以英语教数理将会有诸多问题,其中是有许多老师都希望回到西马执教,还有一些教师则希望调往本州其他学校执教。 他表示还有很多其他的问题必须要整顿和处理后,学校才能提供双语教数理。 此外目前缺乏三百名英语教师,这是一项大难题并将导致延迟实行双语教数理的计划

沙巴民主行动党州副主席爱德华慕吉指出,实施英语教数理并不是大问题,主要的问题是当局面对糟糕的策划和缺乏明确的决定。 当局在没有安排实施前,应给于充分的妥善研讨,而不是在最后一刻才来个仓突的决定。 这通常归罪于某人决定了的事情,后面的人又做出改变,并没有做出审核及考量。 因此沙教育部总监说一月开学根本无法以英语教数理是没错的。

爱德华说,如果该问题是因为没有足够的英语教师来教小学和中学的数理课,为何教育部长还没有寻找解决的方案就做出宣布呢? 他们只是把问题推给州教育部,让他们去负担和头痛。 为了跟上英语教数理,导致学生和家长将面对转校的问题。

爱德华说,教育部是可以并有能力解决英语教师短缺的问题。最简单的方法是重新招聘退休的英语教师,并与高薪签约,或去聘请外国英语教师。 以前沙巴有许多英语教师是来自海外并在沙州执教,而且他们都是合格老师。 沙州许多部长都曾经是他们的学生。爱德华说,如果政府能够拨出上亿令吉的每人RM500助金(BR1M)计划,为何他们不能用该笔钱去聘请更多更好的英语教师,为我们的子孙后代着想呢?

教育部不应该拖延并找借口说他们还没有做好准备。 教育部必须迅速作出安排,立即进行以英语教数理。 官方可以等待,但是学生却不能! 这种的制度和态度如何才能建立一个先进的马来西亚呢?




Teaching of Maths and Science in English

There should not be any uncertainty that whether the Mathematic and Science subjects can be taught in using English language or not in Sabah when the school starts in January. This was explained by the Sabah Education Director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin that his department is still trying to know which schools have the capacity to teach both the subjects in English. He said the school offering the English would have a tough time coping with the parents to have their children admitted to these schools.

The Education director futher said that the problem is aggreviated by teachers wanting to be transferred to the Peninsular but also wanted to transfer from one school to another within the state. He also said that there are many other problems to be sorted out before a school can offer to teach the two subjects in English. The shortage of 300 English teachers is a major headache and drawback in implementing the plans.

Edward Ewol Mujie of Sabah DAP has viewed the problem in implementing the English teaching in maths and science is nothing but all the bad planning and fickle-minded policy making. There is no proper planning and arrangement prior to implementing, and every thing is last minute decision which took control over the event. The previous person decided on things, and the next person comes along and changed things all over. By the look of it the director is true that English to teach maths and science will not be possible by January.

Edward said if this is determined by the availability of the English teachers who can teach maths and science in Primary and secondary schools, why the Ministry of Education and its Minister did not find a possible solution well before any announcement. They just merely passed on the burden and headache to the local education officers. In return, the school children and the parents faced with the big problems now.

Edward suggests that there are ways that the Education department can solve the problem on the shortage of English teachers. The simple ways is to re-engage the retired English teachers on contract basis with better pay and to employ from overseas countries where English speaking teachers can be easily found. This can be done because in Sabah we used to have many oversea English teachers came from overseas to teach here, and they were good. Many of our Ministers were their students too. Edward said if the government can give away so many hundreds of million ringgits to the people under the BR1M at Rm500
Per person, why can’t they spend the money to employ more good English teachers for the sake of our future generations?

The Education department should not delay this by way of excuses and saying that they are not ready. The department must quickly identify and make arrangement to get the subjects to be taught in English. You can wait but the student cannot! How can we build a new Malaysia with this type of system and attitude?


Edward Ewol Mujie, Sabah DAP Vice Chairman