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Reasons why Tamil and Chinese students go to vernacular schools|
Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 28 @ 02:52:54 CDT
Senator S Ramakrishnan, Sept 28 2010
The UMNO MPs and senators think that Tamil and
Chinese schools are the root cause for racial disunity in this country. They
always argue and blame in parliament that Indian and Chinese parents are not concerned
about national language and unity. Many non Malay MPs and community leaders
have spoken and written about this issue many times. But these UMNO leaders who
are like the frog in the well which has never seen the sea, just cannot understand.
The Chinese and
Indian parents send their children to Tamil/ Chinese school because they are
worried that the quality of teaching and learning in national schools is not comparable
with that of the Tamil/Chinese schools. Not only the Chinese and Indian parents
are concerned about this but there are also some Malay parents who feel the
same. 70000 Malay students study in Chinese schools. There are lot of elite
Malay students who study in international and private national schools. There
are also Malay parents who have initiated organised campaign for bilingual
schooling system. It shows that all is
not too well in national schools.
The teaching and
learning in Tamil and Chinese schools encourages and promotes the students to
learn mathematics and science. They are given a lot of homework and school
work. The teachers in these schools are concerned about the welfare and
performance of their students and the Indian and Chinese parents and also some
Malay parents feel from their experience that the environment in the national
school is not comparable with that of the Tamil and Chinese schools. What are
the actions being taken to increase the number of non Malay students in
national school? We can take one product as an example, if the product is good
for sure it can attract a lot of customers. If the customers don’t come, we
must re-examine and improve our product and not find fault with customers. That
is the way we can succeed.
from the parent’s experience, national schools are not serious about teaching POL.
Usually in national schools, POL is taught after school session or on Saturday.
This shows that the national schools are not serious about the teaching of Tamil
and Chinese language and the parents are worried that if they send their children
to national schools, their mother tongue is lost. In Singapore, there’s no Tamil/Chinese
school. But the students in that country can speak and write their mother
tongue well. This is because their national school takes this task seriously
and makes the learning of vernacular language compulsory to all students in
their national schools. The government has proven that it is serious about the
learning of vernacular language in the national schools. Therefore, no one
request for Tamil/Chinese school. But in Malaysia, the parents of Indian and
Chinese students do not trust the government because for the last 50 years,
they have not shown any sincere effort in teach vernacular language in national
schools. I ask the Minister of Education, are there any plans to improve the teaching
of vernacular in national school?
national schools looks like religious schools. This is also one of the reasons why
Indian and Chinese parents refuse to send their children to study in national
schools. I call upon the Minister of Education to address this suspicion and doubt
of Malay, Chinese, and Indian parents and reveal the actions to be taken to
improve the quality of teaching and learning in national school to be better
than that of the Chinese and Tamil schools. The following activities in
national schools drive away non Malay children from national school.
reciting prays in morning assembly the HM should remind the non Muslim students
to pray to their own God. Do not ignore them. Do unto others what you want
others to do to you.
There are lot of signboards written in
Jawi surrounding the school, especially in the rural area. Does the HM expect
the non Malay children to read these signboards?
There are a lot of prayers – when the
Muslims pray, remind the non Muslims to prayer to their own God. Do not ignore.
The teachers treat them as though they do not exist in the school.
The teachers entering classes only
acknowledge and greet the Muslim students and straight away start teaching
without greeting the non Muslim students, they don’t exist in the class.
During festival or religious
celebration – there are only programs for Muslims but don’t have any class or
programs for non Muslims students. They waste the whole day doing nothing but
When quoting or showing examples, the
teachers just quote from Muslim scripts or Islamic books but do not even
mention about the non Muslim leaders. The contributions of non Muslim leaders in
the field of politics, social, science, and so on are ignored. May be the
teachers don’t know. But they should be aware of this if they want the Indian
and Chinese parents to send their children to national schools.
During the JQAf – the non Muslim students
go to QI class and they are allowed to do their own work because the teachers
don’t know what the syllabus in QI entails.
Name tags of the teachers are also in
Jawi. How can the non Muslim students read Jawi?
Canteen – there are non Muslim students
who don’t eat beef or are vegetarian. There are no tags that indicate what kind
of meat. Not bothered about the sensitivity of other races.
The numbers of non Muslim teachers are
very minimal in the national schools. The national schools are short of capable
teachers who can lead the Malaysian students to the real 1Malaysia.
all the short comings in national schools and its management the UMNO leaders
are blaming others for not sending students.
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