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Teach in Both Languages

September 17, 2008

By Philip Loo Kim Seng

I REFER to your report “Study reveals policy’s flaws” on research conducted by Professor Emeritus Datuk Isahak Haron of University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (NST, Sept 7) and the comments by the Member of Parliament for Rembau Khairy Jamaluddin (“It’s high time we ditched this policy” – NST, Sept 9) on the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.

Why make a big issue of whether the teaching of Science and Mathematics should be in English or Bahasa Malaysia. Why can’t the two subjects be taught in both languages?

Allow parents to choose whether their children should be taught the subjects in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

With Science and Mathematics taught in both languages in all schools, teachers would be complementing each other, making the teaching of the subjects both competitive and challenging.

In allowing the teaching of Science and Mathematics in both English and Bahasa Malaysia in all schools, there would be regular and daily feedback as to which language is more effective in the teaching of Science and Mathematics.

Let there be a discussion on this approach to teach Science and Mathematics in both languages in all schools as a compromise to the present policy of teaching Science and Mathematics either in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

Allow the teaching of Science and Mathematics in both languages in all schools to run to the year 2020 before making a more definitive policy.

PHILIP LOO KIM SENG

Kuala Lumpur

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