PAGE (Parent Action Group for Education), Ipoh Chapter has succeeded in influencing the government to permit PPSMI (Teaching of Maths and Science in English) as an option until 2016. However, Dato’ Dr Anwar Hassan, Coordinator PAGE, informed a meeting of parents recently that they did not succeed in getting Government approval to their various requests on issues around education as highlighted by parents.
He stressed that future direction is in our hands and we should not let anyone mess around with our children’s education. In this regard a presentation was organised on the ‘Just English’ programme.
Tang Kok Keong, Business Development Manager, Educational Assessment and Testing Services (EATS) explained that the Just English E-Learning Programme has been introduced to private and semi-government schools and tuition centres. These are structured English language programmes to improve the student’s command of English.
Tang said that EATS arranges for students to sit for the International Competition and Assessment for Schools Exams (ICAS) which are conducted once a year by University of New South Wales, Australia worldwide. Exams are conducted for English, Science, Maths and other subjects. The fee is RM30 per subject. The exam compares student’s performance at international level.
Mithran, an Education Strategist from Parent Alert spoke on a home self-tutorial programme of core school subjects in the Malaysian school curriculum. Currently 180 schools are participating in this programme.
The aim of PAGE is to introduce to parents the educational opportunities that are available for their children. It is sad to note that only about 20 parents attended.