PETALING JAYA: There has been positive response to the call by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to embrace English without fear.
Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) president Dr S. Ganakumaran said he was pleased to hear the commitment expressed by Najib on the learning of English.
“English is no longer seen as simply a language of communication the world over but as the primary language of knowledge and information transfer,” Dr Ganakumaran said.
The Government’s decision to change the medium of instruction of Mathematics and Science to English was based on the need to develop human capital in line with the objective of achieving developed nation status, he added.
Dr Ganakumaran was commenting on Najib’s statement that people should stop wasting time politicising the learning of English and embrace the language without fear.
Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abd Rahim said it wanted to thank Najib for making “a rational and decisive stand on the need for the Malays to acquire knowledge over protecting the Malay language in order to preserve the Malay culture and heritage in this competitive and globalised world”.
“PAGE, which champions the continuation of the policy of teaching Mathematics and Science in English, acknowledges that much of the information we have to master is in English,” Azimah said.
Sarawak Teachers Union president William Ghani Bina said Najib’s statement showed that the Govern-ment’s decision to teach Mathematics and Science in English was the right one.
“It is important for our children to master these subjects in English,” he said, adding that it was important to become “global heroes and not village heroes”.
In Penang, Sentral Technology College chief executive officer and principal Dr Chiang Geok Lian lauded Najib’s call to “end the ridiculous politicising” of teaching of Mathe-matics and Science in English.
Source : The Star