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Issue: Language Barrier.
People in Malaysia could not stop talking about how Malaysia’s government decided to revert from teaching Science and Maths subjects in English to Bahasa Melayu (PPSMI) in 2012. They said that the rural students could not coped with English language, which resulted in bad grades in both subjects. They also felt that Malaysian should do like France, Japan and Indonesia have done; studying everything in their own language. Meanwhile, for those who think that the government has taken a backwards step towards globalizing Malaysian, their argument is that English is an important language and this was one of the ways of enhancing our English proficiency.
At first, I thought that this was a yet another crappy move made by the government. Why do you want to compare the urban and rural students together at the first place? They obviously received different kinds of education, exposure and family backgrounds to start with. Then again, do you really think we should retard the growth of urban students’ knowledge just to let the students from the rural area to catch up with the rest? Okay, that may not be the brightest arguments from me when you said it out loud. However, when I said the same argument to my father, he simply said;
“Well, if you could master the fundamental of the subjects first, you should not encounter any problem when you’re learning the rest of it in a different language.”
Come to think about it, it is true.
Do you have any wiser arguments? Do you have encountered any language barrier before? Do share with us.
On the other hand, I may have to post this kind of “short post” from now on. Yes, I could hear some “Hurray” from behind. The truth is I will most probably be
busy, VERY busy throughout this semester (since this is my final year and all). In addition, this may be my last post for this week; I will be off to Kuala Lumpur (for the second times this week) to attend a career exhibition in PWTC on Thursday. My bus will leave tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Don’t worry; I will try to get online as soon as we arrive in the hotel tomorrow. I will try to reply all your comments, return back your visits and perhaps even drop my EC there. Have a nice day!
By the way, do you like my new header? I think it was kinda silly. I may have to change it again later :)
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