I had mentioned before that the software and hardware should be developed in the country at the very same pace. One must not lead the other. And software cannot survive without hardware and vice versa. Although I am totally lauded the mega physical developments here in Malaysia, I never say we should have been neglected other stuffs. I know most of you who have read my blog would think that I go for the physical development only. I wrote these before:Obsession with ranking 2, Obsession with ranking 2 and Malaysian schools are killing creativity.
Okay, straight to the point. These are the problems in Malaysian education system
- Students are treated like lab rats.
- No firm stand on education
- Bias towards those who have higher cognitive abilities
- Bias towards rote learners
- Sports? Where? Di tanah sekangkang kera tu? No wonder I don't know how to play football (Alasan, hehehe!).
- An A in English is far better than the ability to communicate in the language
- Discrimination against low performing schools
- Discrimination against low performing students
1. Students are treated like lab rats
- PPSMI and then MBMMBI and whatever acronyms la..
- I want PPSMI so it will at least our village people get exposure in speaking English
- You know, in major cities you have lots of exposure in English, for the rural students?
- That's why PPSMI was in place
- If you blame the students could not grasp the Science and Mathematics, they could not do so in Bahasa as well because the bottom line is their attitudes
2.No firm stand on education
- PPSMI again
- Why students cannot have the atmosphere to learn in English like rich students in international schools learn?
- Are you trying to widen the gap between the rich and the poor even further in Malaysia?
- 3.Bias towards those who have higher cognitive abilities
- This is a very good complaint made by teacher. Read this:Pendandan rambut juga pandai
- If you look at the trend, we all want to make all students become doctors, lawyers, scientists, geologists, biotechnologists..how about those who wants to become a chef? Top Chef anyone?
- more on this later on
- 4.Bias towards rote learners
- If any of you who doesn't know, beginning 2014 History is a must-pass subject in SPM like Bahasa Melayu.
- With what I learnt in school, I guess they must pass the memorising test. Why? History lesson should make us think from the facts we are given. So, there should be research and analysis. But SPM focuses on the facts part only.
- I don't want to get poyo, but I've been to an international school before and to a national school as well.
- Sports facilities? If the government can provide what my private school can provide, we will have more Nicol Davids and Lee Chong Weis.
- Even I get intrigued to join the sports with the facilities provided. The facilities seduced me..
6. An A in English is far better than the ability to communicate in the language
- It's okay to focus on the As, but make sure we can talk in the language too.
- How do we want to talk in English if we have limited opportunities to talk in the language.
7.Discrimination against low performing school
- Instead of giving assistance to needy schools, it is always the top performers which get incentives, status of cluster schools while the gap between the best schools and the worst schools widens
8.Discrimination against low performing students
- Many students who spend 11 years in school end up nothing. I dare say majority students who finished form five is the same student they were in form one except some experience in monkey love. Ooou... With the syllabus that focus more on whats rather than hows, it's not a surprise. Instead of teaching them economics or perdagangan or mathematics, may be you can give them skills like entrepreneurship, car repair, kelas menjahit and bakery. Not just that, inspire them to become great in whatever they do. If there is a great doctor, why don't we have great cooks, great artists and great mechanics as well?
Should we have physical developments? Yeah, very much. Do we need soft development? Yeah, very much. Both complements each other. We need towers and towering humans.
Now, I am waiting for mega-project in education.
-The Chukai Insider