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G25 is committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirms justice, compassion, mercy, equity.

Malaysia is to be led by rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights and upholding the institution of the country.

We aim to ensure, raise awareness, promote that Syariah laws and civil laws should work in harmony and that the Syariah laws are used within its legal jurisdiction and limits as provided for by the federal and state division of powers.

There should be rational dialogues to inform people on how Islam is used for public law and policy that effects the multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia and within the confines of the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of the nation.

We work in a consultative committee of experts to advise the government and facilitate amendments to the state Syariah laws, to align to the Federal Constitution and the spirit of Rukun Negara.

It is imperative to achieve a politically stable, economically progressive Malaysia and to be able to enjoy the harmony, tolerance, understanding and cooperation in this multi diverse country.

English-medium schools: An alternative stream in the national curriculum

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The discussion on English-medium schools (EMS) is back by popular demand among Johoreans, according to a Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore (ISEAS) survey. Johor wants what Singapore has: graduates who are more competent in English, and more internationally employable. Indeed, EMS appears to be associated with quality education, and Singapore has benefited tremendously by sticking to that policy.

 

The Sultan of Johor and the Raja Permaisuri are ardent supporters and advocates of the establishment of EMS. Johoreans are known to send busloads of children across the causeway to take advantage of the school system there.

 

It is also evident that some of the progressive Umno cabinet ministers have been vocal and seem to be fervent supporters of the EMS. We hope that they will take it further by debating this in Parliament, and reviewing the previous research conducted and recommendations outlined by Pemandu and the National Economic Council.

 

EMS will be the pinnacle of liberalisation in education for the national school system. The market demands for it, and parents who wish to have their children enrolled at such schools can do so without having to fork out huge amounts of money. This would provide a level playing field and equitability between the private and national school systems in Malaysia.

 

G25 supports the establishment of the EMS as an alternative stream under the national school system. English is a language for acquiring knowledge. We are in support of initiatives that will help in the growth of the economy and improve the well-being of Malaysians.

 

Competency in English is necessary in this age of digitalisation and high-tech industries as the country moves towards the need for a skills-intensive, higher productivity workforce. High-tech industries and a digital economy are essential for achieving the government’s objective of increasing wage levels for the bottom 40% of the population, and thereby reducing income inequality.

 

The government intends to raise the share of wages to 40% of GDP compared to the current 30%. However, in order to achieve this, it must give high priority to developing an English-educated workforce.

 

Malaysia is a trading nation. Having a workforce with a high proficiency in English is a sure way to increase our global competitiveness and enable us to take advantage of the global economy and bring foreign investments into the country.

 

To push for the country’s economic growth, Malaysia needs to reclaim and re-establish itself as a bilingual country with Bahasa Malaysia as the national language and English as a strong second language, as it was meant to be.

 

This can be achieved based on evidence from the best education systems in the world. Finland prides itself as a bilingual country where Finnish and Swedish are its official languages. Its national curriculum supports the learning of its two official languages and a third language.

 

Finland’s education success is based on ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities to study. They focus on support and guidance, assisting those who may need more support to meet the expected benchmark. On top of that, their teachers are selected from the best and brightest, and they are highly trained for the profession.

 

Using Finland as an example, we need to look into our teacher training and ensure that it follows a proven model, methodology and pedagogy of teaching. The Yayasan Amir Trust school methodology has its fair share of success in our national schools. Perhaps it could be adopted at teacher training institutions.

 

Improvements and achievements to transform the Malaysian education system in order to achieve the quality education it so desires lies within the governance of the system. We must ensure that only the best and suitable people remain in the administration of the education system, and that things are not done in a half-baked manner through the cascading system which has been proven to break down.

 

We need to learn from past mistakes and ensure that the implementation of English-medium schools follows a model with a proven track record.

 

Free Malaysia Today

Berita Daily

The Malay Mail

Malaysiakini

 

Related:

 

‘Lebih Baik Perkasa Tulisan Jawi Daripada Wujud Semula Sekolah Aliran Inggeris’: Pembina - Isma

Malay-language activists say ‘no’ to English schools, insist Singapore poll flawed - TMI

‘Bring back English-medium schools’ - The Star

Most Johoreans want return of English-medium schools - TMI

 

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