Around 50 disgruntled parents gathered in front of the Ministry of Education today, to express their despair over what they see as the current abysmal state of the Malaysian education system and the way it is run.
The parents, led by education lobby group Concerned Parents of Selangor (CPS), delivered a memorandum to the ministry calling for the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) to be reinstated, the reintroduction of English-medium schools and for a non-political appointee to hold the Ministry of Education post.
The parents held placards with words such as “Bahasa Melayu untuk perpaduan, Bahasa Inggeris untuk ilmuan” (Malay language for unity, English for knowledge) and “Kami anak Malaysia, walaupun bertutur dalam Bahasa Inggeris” (We’re Malaysians, although we speak in English).
The groups also expressed their concern over the transition between the abolishment of PPSMI up until now. The ministry had promised a “soft landing” — where students already in PPSMI would continue to do so until they finish school — but textbooks in English are already not being distributed, while school heads have taken it upon themselves to abolish PPSMI straight away.