One of my pet peeves is the state of education in Malaysia.
This is the reason why BN ministers can systematically deny that tear gas was shot into Tung Shin hospital when heaps of videos can be found on youtube, proving otherwise.
This is the reason why Malaysians cower in fear, afraid to speak out, frightened to stand up to authority.
They have been taught not to think, but merely to accept what the authority (in this case, the teacher) tells them.
So when someone tells me that they are going to revamp our education system, I get excited.
I start thinking that there is hope for Malaysia after all. But as usual, my hopes are dashed.
Apparently, this education is solely for Mara colleges.
Like Sarojini, I want to know why.
Cambridge syllabus: Why only in 45 Mara colleges?
August 15, 2011
From Sarojini C, via e-mail
The article ‘Cambridge curriculum at Mara colleges’ in the ‘In Brief’ section of the NST on Sunday spoke about the offering of the Cambridge International General Certificate of Education in 45 Mara Junior Science Colleges nationwide by 2016.
As it is one of the most recognised qualifications in the world, I, as a fellow citizen of Malaysia, am thrilled at the prospect of such world-class education, but at the same time cannot help but wonder why such syllabus cannot be offered to government schools as well, as this appears to suggest a double standard in our education syllabus.
I understand that there may be a lack of resources to implement such syllabus on a national basis, and more time may be required for such a big move, but at a time where national schools are bickering over the usage of English in the teaching of the Math and Science subjects, such a move to implement the Cambridge syllabus, which I assume will be fully in the English medium.
Why only in the 45 Mara Junior Science Colleges? It his seems to suggest that there would be inequality in the education offered in such Mara colleges and national schools. As education is a basic right for every child, be it a child in a Mara college or a child in a national school, it would only be fair if the same syllabus is applied in both Mara colleges and national schools alike, be it the Cambridge syllabus or the current syllabus.
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