23 October 2012 – KUALA LUMPUR: A completed Malaysian Educational Development Plan (PPPM) 2012-2025 will be presented to the Council of Rulers for consent as it can bring a major shift in the country’s educational system.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he appreciated the suggestions and views presented by the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, because every strata of society, including the highest echelon, must be directly involved in the plan.
“I appreciate his suggestion. It’s our hope that the Rulers will give their endorsement to this plan.
“I will make a presentation to the Rulers if this is allowed to brief them on the contents of the PPPM,” he said after closing a national convention on education management.
Raja Dr Nazrin, when opening the convention on Monday, had suggested that the Government present the PPPM at the Meeting of the Council of Rulers so that it would get the consent before its implementation.
Muhyiddin said the PPPM was a document that was contributed considerably by the people and gave an opportunity to anyone who wanted to know about its contents.
The ministry took note of every criticism and suggestion made by the people to improve the plan.
“Now, we have launched the blueprint and it’s not the final report. The final report will be completed after the Cabinet approves it. That’s why we are still at the stage of engagement process,” he said.
On the MCA’s rejection of the proposal in the PPPM to implement the same Bahasa Melayu curriculum for Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) for students in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) beginning with the Year Four students in 2014, Muhyiddin said the MCA must study the proposal contained in the plan because it would benefit the Chinese students in raising their command of Bahasa Melayu.
“I received the report from the MCA, if they don’t agree then we will follow their opinion. Let’s see the content (of the proposal) first, if they say (it’s) difficult, then okay, we will proceed with a remove class,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the proposal was to raise the command of Bahasa Melayu without affecting the mother tongue of students because the gap in the command of Bahasa Melayu between students in the SK and SJK was rather wide. He said if this could be achieved, these students would not have to go through remove class for one year and this could save time.
“Our proposal is when the students enter standards four, five and six, we will raise the standard of Bahasa Melayu, give better training so that they will be on par.
“There are vocabularies used in SK, which are not found in the SJK. So we will raise the level in terms of vocabulary and grammar,” he said. – Bernama