Anwar: Cabinet should discuss teaching of Science, Maths in English

The issue of Science and Mathematics being taught in English in schools should be left to Cabinet to discuss and decide upon, said PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – NSTP/DANIAL SAAD

GEORGE TOWN: The issue of Science and Mathematics being taught in English in schools should be left to Cabinet to discuss and decide upon, said PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

PKR had vigorously objected to the teaching of the two subjects in English in the past.

In 2009, Anwar – who was then de facto PKR leader – had explicitly asked the Barisan Nasional administration to abolish the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.

“Let them discuss this in Cabinet”, he said when met at the national-level PKR Chinese New Year open house here, last night.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that

Science and Mathematics will once again be taught in English.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Acting Education Minister, said the move would allow for a better mastery of the language.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who was present at the same event, said that PKR will discuss the matter at the party level soon.

“We meet weekly. So we will raise this issue at the next meeting,” he said.

The teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI) was introduced during the 2003 school session to all students of Year One in primary schools, and Form One at the secondary level.

PPSMI was fully implemented for all secondary school students in 2007 and primary school students in 2008, before it was abolished in 2013.

By Audrey Dermawan.

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