Our education system not fit for the likes of the Ministers’ children?Posted: June 30, 2008
I found this on Malaysia Today. It was written to the editor.
By Boon Yeng
Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein’s son is doing O levels and will be going off to the United Kingdom this coming September to further his studies.
Our Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa has been accepted into Georgetown University in Washington DC to read politics and international relations after doing her IB (International Baccalaureate).
Wow, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s children are academically smart. Congratulations on your succes. However, it seems like both of them did not sit for SPM. Before doing her IB, Nooryana had her education in Garden International School. Najib’s son, Norashman Razak had his education there too .
But Garden International School bases its curriculum on the National Curriculum of England. It teaches the English National Curriculum through Key Stages 1 to 4 and Cambridge ‘A’ Level.
Datuk Seri Najib and Datuk Seri Hishamuddin are cousins. Their fathers were our former Education Ministers. Datuk Seri Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, was the education minister in 1955. Datuk Seri Hishamuddin’s father, Tun Hussein Onn, our third Prime Minister, was the education minister in 1969. Fast forward, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak became our Education Minister in 1995-1999.
Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein is our current Education Minister. Well, there goes the saying, ‘like father, like son’ Hishamuddin’s son and Najib’s kids did not follow the Malaysian Education System (so I doubt they sat for UPSR, PMR or SPM) though they come from an ancestry of Education Ministers. Both of their grandfathers were former education ministers, one’s father was the education minister and is now the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia while the other’s father is the current education minister.
So why weren’t Datuk Seri Najib and Datuk Seri Hishamuddin’s children following the Malaysian Education System??
Were our DPM and current Education Minister trying to be kind to not let the government subsidize their kids’ education by sending their offsprings to a private school instead of national schools??
Or is it that both Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein do not have confidence in the Malaysian Education System because it is too crap that they had to sent their kids to a private school which follows the English National Curriculum so that their offsprings would not be screwed up by the already-screwed-up education system in Malaysia?
Which is which?? I do not know but I am apt to think that the latter prevails.
*SIGH* So much for being a kind and compassionate minister. If the Malaysian Education System is not good enough, then do something to improve it. After all, that is under your portfolio.
But if the education system is not crap and of quality and standard like what you and your counterparts have mentioned countless times
(‘Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi tidak bercadang untuk mengadakan peperiksaan yang sama untuk kemasukan ke universiti kerana sistem meritokrasi dan kepelbagaian kemasukan ke universiti yang diamalkan oleh Kementerian Penggajian Tinggi sekarang mampu menghasilkan graduan yang berkualiti. Ini kerana program STPM dan Matrikulasi mempunyai kandungan khusus dan hasil pembelajaran (learning outcomes) yang setara iaitu untuk menyediakan pelajar bagi memperoleh pengetahuan asas yang cukup sebelum memasuki program pengajian Ijazah Pertama’ -taken from the Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia’s written reply to YB Loke Siew Fook of Rasah’s Question 24 for the first 13th parliament sitting),
then why didn’t your kids go through it?? Why didn’t your kids go through SPM, then Matriculations or STPM before gaining admission to Uni. After all, matrics and STPM have the potential to produce quality graduates, right??
How does the current government expect us to have faith in our Malaysian Education System when the DPM and current education minister did not even put their kids through it??
Nevertheless, like the owner of szejia.com , I’m PROUD to say that I went through the crappy(???) Malaysian Education System from Primary 1 until Form 6 and I sat for UPSR, PMR, SPM and STPM.
I was the guinea pig batch for the teaching of Science and Math in English for Lower 6. Like all Form 5 students today, I memorized the 36 ‘nilai moral’ and their definitions VERBATIM to get through my SPM Moral paper with an A2 (that was 6 years ago and until today, things haven’t change from what I can see). And no, memorizing those nilais did not in any way make me a more virtuous person. All it did is make me hate the syllabus and subject more and negate all feelings of doing good deeds.
Should I want my kids to be a victim of this screwed-up education system in future?? I don’t know… Maybe yes. Maybe no… After all, my friends and I didn’t turn out that bad after going through the crappy education system. And in time to come, I’m sure we will all be successful people in our respective careers.
Taken from here.
He has sized up most of what our education system is like. I expected as much that the “people up there” would prefer to send their children to private schools, but I was rather surprised to learn that Najib’s daughter studied in Garden International School.
I studied in an International School before. That was when it was still allowed. Then when I was about 9, my dad said they changed the law, and only those whose parents are foreigners, or whose parents intend on going overseas soon, would be allowed to study in International Schools. So I had to go find another school to study in. Had to re-learn Bahasa Melayu, because even at 9 (Primary 3), the only Malay words I knew were the likes of mata and tangan and other parts of our anatomy.
So when I read this letter, I thought, why would Najib’s daughter be allowed to study in an International School? Her parents are NOT foreigners, or ex-pats, are they?
But I guess, that’s beside the point. That their children have not been exposed to the local education system, and that they sat for ‘O’ Levels and the IB means that they should have excellent grip on English. But what of their Malay? And why would these Ministers want to do this to their children?
Like Boon Yeng, my question is this: Is the education system in Malaysia not good enough for your children? The same education system put in place by your fathers, and yourselves? Do you have one standard of education for your own children, and another standard for all the other Malaysian students?
Judging from what Boon Yeng said about being the guinea pig batch, I’m guessing I’m one year younger, because I was the second guinea pig batch to study everything in English during my Sixth Form. And I actually DO think that Sixth Form was substantial for me, even though I am not applying any of that knowledge in my studies or life now. But the experience was substantial.
Education-wise, it’s like what Boon Yeng has said. We had to memorise all the Nilai-nilai murni, just so we could pass the exams. And I believe it was 88 values, not 36. But no matter, it was still about memorising. It still is. I once had a Science teacher who scolded me for memorising scientific formulas, and not understanding them. She is probably one of the few teachers who care about their students understanding the lessons. I’m not disrespectful of teachers, but with everything so exam-oriented, it’s difficult to think otherwise.
Would the Ministers care to explain? I think not.