PAGE wants to meet Cabinet over PPSMI policy

PETALING JAYA: The Parent Action Group For Education Malaysia (PAGE) has called for a meeting with the Cabinet on the issue of teaching of Science and Mathematics in English, better known as PPSMI.

Its chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the meeting was important as its purpose was to find a lasting solution.

“Parents do not want to have to go to the streets to be heard. We want to be heard in a civilised setting.

“Once fair input has been presented and a decision is then made, we will abide by the ruling made by the elected government of the day,” she said in a statement yesterday in response to a news report.

Noor Azimah said a precedent should be set for disputes on national issues to be resolved through the Cabinet as it was the “ultimate channel”.

The PPSMI advocate said she had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday when PAGE members were invited to attend the Women’s Day celebrations at the Putra World Trade Centre.

She was able to pass him a formal request for a “face to face” meeting on the issue.

In the letter, which was read on the spot by Najib, she said PAGE members were worried that a deputy education minister seemed intent on ending the PPSMI policy despite a statement three days earlier from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that the Government was keeping its options open on Mathematics and Science being taught in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.

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