Recently Malaysia has been debating whether to teach Science & Maths back to Bahasa Malaysia or continue teaching in English. There have been some supporting English while there were some opposing it. It had been 6 years since the teaching of Science & Maths in English when the newspaper's headline read: Back To Bahasa by 2012
Not to be rude but I was like, 'WTF is wrong with this people?!' I have been studying Science & Maths in English since form 1 and it was easy to adapt because it was easy to be understood. The newspapers stated that 'Year 1 and Form 4 students in 2o12 will learn the subjects in Bahasa'. The good news is my friends and I will graduate by then; the bad news is my sister and her friends who are learning Science & Maths in English now up til Form 3 will have to switch back to Bahasa in Form 4(2012) and the biggest exam to be sat for - SPM will be in Form 5. How are they going to cope?
How are they going to learn the scientific terms in Bahasa while all this while they have learn it in English? How are they going to do maths when all the works and exams have been in English? You expect them to learn all in Bahasa in 1 and half yeas before sitting SPM - the exam that holds their futures?
Personally, I strongly believe we should stick to English. Why? Look at the world. Who does not speak English? Everywhere you go even if it's a non-speaking English country, the 2nd option will still be English. I went to Japan, I couldn't speak their language so I asked, 'Do you speak English?' They said, 'Oh. Yes, yes.' Although it was quite broken but those are the two languages they only speak - Japanese and English. If an advance country like Japan who very much has high respect for their roots and cultures knows the importance of English, why can't a multi racial country like ours do the same?
6 years learning Science & Maths in English is a short period of time. Things like this takes a long time to learn, needs a lot of patience, guidance...you can't expect a huge result the very next day. You got to put your effort in, don't just whine and give up because it's too hard.
They said that they changed it back because the students in rural areas can't adapt it. Well sorry to say but that's their lose. You can't allow the rest of the students to suffer just because some can't adapt it. We are not only talking about the present but also the future. The world wide language is English and that's the fact we have to accept. We can't change the world we want it to be, we just have to live the world the way it is.
Every university right now - no matter what course is in English. Essays are in English, resumes are in English, people of different races communicate in English...so why not English? They say that it is also because they are afraid Bahasa Malaysia, the national language will be long gone. That is such a total rubbish! I'm just so upset that there are SOME people who are just narrow minded.
Agencies reported that 58% of the reasons they can't hire fresh graduates is because 'poor command in English' even though they have high qualifications but they still can't speak good English. This shows how important English is, how step backed we are if we can't speak English. I hate the idea of when the rest of the world is advancing while we are still in the dark.
What are going to gain from switching back to Bahasa? I'm tellin' you there will be a huge problem when 2012 come. Books are all in English now, teachers are taking courses to teach English; and now all a sudden, it's NO English? Please, stop treating us, students like Guinea pigs. We are suffering here. We are upset, angry that our voices are not heard out.
At the end of day, it's all about, 'You speak English?' or 'Can you write for me in English?' Even news, channels are in English...isn't it obvious already that the world says English? Besides, it's not like we are learning everything in English. History, Geography, Moral Studies, Economic, Accounts are in Bahasa. So what's so wrong with learning just TWO subjects in English? And that two subjects, Science and Maths, the knowledge we need for more advance technology are widely use in English. So why not?
I hope the Government will reconsider this. Don't just look at the students from rural areas but those from the cities, near the cities, wherever and balance it out. Don't just look at the present, look into the future. It's going to be a real saddening to see we are left behind while the rest of the world is moving forward. How would we be seen to the world?
So please, be more open minded and don't let us suffer.