The cabinet will make the final decision on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the English language tomorrow, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the cabinet would make the decision after he presented the outcome of the various detailed and comprehensive studies made on the teaching and learning of the two subjects in English to the cabinet.
“I have already presented the memorandum on the position of PPSMI (teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English), what had been implemented and what is the level of the command of the English language and the position of science and mathematics since we implemented the system,” he told reporters after launching the Gerak Bakti Project for the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSRM) Amanah Raya Berhad, here Tuesday.
Muhyiddin said he would also present several suggestions and recommendations on how the government could empower Bahasa Malaysia and strengthen the usage of English at all levels in the primary and secondary schools.
He said the presentation was being made after the ministry officials had met the various groups with interests in education, as well as numerous organisations that they had contacted and held discussions with.
He said the decision to be made by the government on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English would not be based on the pressures and demands from any group.
“I believe we have already obtained a clear picture. We are not making this decision in haste, we are not making the decision out of pressure placed by any group.
“We will decide based on the interest of the students and the importance of improving the system of education in our country,” he said.
Asked whether the cabinet’s decision would become a policy, Muhyiddin said whatever decision made by the government would certainly become a policy, whether the government would continue with the present system or otherwise, he did not have the right to make the final decision.
He said various groups were anxiously waiting for the government’s decision on the matter.
Among the people approached for their views on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English were former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and members of the Umno Supreme Council.
Meanwhile, the Gerak Bakti Project for the UPSR Amanah Raya Berhad will provide newspapers in the Malay and English languages to rural schools every Monday.
The overall project would cost more than RM500,000 and more than 16,000 students of various races would benefit from the programme.
Also present at the function were Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Amanah Raya Berhad Group Chairman Datuk Dusuki Ahmad, and Yayasan Gerak Bakti national chairman Khairy Jamaluddin.