Tagged English

Homeschooling: Hacking Malaysia’s education system

The Malaysian education system is in dire straits for a long time, with little signs of improvement in the near future. Chong Wai Leng, book author of “Learning Beyond Schooling: Bringing Out Children’s True Potentials”, remarks that our school system has seen almost no improvement in the past three decades. Our education system is still…

Decline or rise in English proficiency in Malaysia?

Update (Dec 8, 2011): A modified form of this blog entry was published today in the New Straits Times newspaper. Few people would argue against the importance of English language today. It is the lingua franca in cyberspace and in international science, politics, business, and entertainment. A study in 2011 by English First (EF) showed…

No more hullabaloo over English?

“Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) contribution to the national education system proves that Bahasa Malaysia can be used in higher education,” so says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is both the Deputy Prime Minister and the Education Minister of Malaysia. “Much work [such as academic papers, books, and doctoral theses] have been produced in the Malay…

The audacity to learn English

Ever since the Malaysian government decided to revert to using Bahasa Malaysia as the language of instruction at schools, there have been screams of protests in the form of letters and articles in newspapers. Yes, we all know the importance of English. Yes, it is the lingua franca in international politics, business, and education. Yes,…

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