DPM: Decision on PPSMI not finalised yet

“(The implementation of PPSMI) is at the preliminary discussion level. The decision has not been finalised,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told reporters here today after attending the Hokkien Klang Association Chinese New Year celebration. – NSTP/SYARAFIQ ABD SAMAD

KLANG: The decision to teach Science and Mathematics in English has yet to be finalised.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said discussion over the reintroduction of the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI) was still in the preliminary stage.

“(The implementation of PPSMI) is at the preliminary discussion level. The decision has not been finalised,” she told reporters here today after attending the Hokkien Klang Association Chinese New Year celebration.

PPSMI was introduced during the 2003 school session to all students of Year One in primary school and Form One at the secondary level.

It was fully implemented in all secondary schools in 2007 and primary schools in 2008 before it was eventually abolished in 2013.

The decision to teach Science and Mathematics in English has yet to be finalised. – NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also the acting education minister, had on Jan 31 said Science and Mathematics would once again be taught in English.

The move, he said, would allow for better mastery of the language

Dr Mahathir said it was found that those who studied Science in Bahasa Malaysia were unable to apply it in their work where English was required.

A video of Dr Mahathir’s address was uploaded to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, there was no mention of when exactly the move would be implemented.

By Tharanya Arumugam

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