While many seem to be under the impression that vernacular schools are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, that apparently is untrue. Debate: Private schools should be abolished. Which brings us to the question of whether vernacular schools should be abolished. Defending vernacular school means with holding progress of a nation. It is not targeted at diminishing racial rights but we need to realise that is has been a big block in preventing racial unity in this country. Politicians and others with vested interests should stop using vernacular schools as a tool of political expediency to promote their agenda, write Khoo Kok Heong. In fact, there is strong psychological evidence that shows how adolescence is a critical period for identity development, which would include national identity. Back in the days, before 70s the unity amongst Malaysians were the highest and they had vernacular schools too. “It (abolishment) is a policy nightmare, not to mention a nightmare in terms of politics. 0. That means vernacular schools can be abolished by an amendment to the Education Act which requires just a simple majority of the legislature compared to the two-thirds majority required to amend the constitution. Is interracial, inter-religious mixing and schooling at the primary school level likely to produce citizens who are more open-minded and focused on integration compared with having such mixing at the secondary school level? 2:08 PM Anonymous said... ^ I stand by my statement, and can you point out where exactly I defended the "J"-type schools? Dr Wee said during the Malay Dignity Congress, the appeals were that scholarships should only be given to Malay students and that vernacular schools should be abolished in six years’ time. Facebook. Watch Queue Queue. Considering that an estimated 90 percent of Chinese in Malaysia send their children to Chinese primary schools, the answer has to be yes. Some believe that segregating your kids causes disharmony between the different races. Pretending that Malay schools are somehow not vernacular, but are “purely national” or “culture-free”, is either ignorant or disingenuous. "Anyone who proposes to abolish vernacular schools should be condemned. PUTRAJAYA: The debate on vernacular schools should be looked at from a bigger picture and from a positive angle, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT. This is a drum beaten periodically by Malay leaders – most recently Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and PPBM Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal – who seek to remove the ability for native Mandarin- and Tamil-speakers to be educated in their mother-tongues. I don't know what the precise proportions are for secondary school, but I do know that most Chinese and Indians end up in national secondary schools. The others can only speak their mother tongue,” he told FMT . Education, education, education (but only for the rich): Private schools creates a two-tier education system and must be abolished. "The vernacular school system developed since the 1960s and has been accepted as the education policy," he said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. 99% of Malays attend a national school. Right now, we have Malay schools, Chinese schools, and Tamil schools. The average vernacular school student is only able to exhibit the identity of ‘certain ethnicities’ according to school that are separated based on ethnicity. Until today, they have periodically been used as a […] All Rights Reserved. Vernacular school in Malaysia is now irrelevant to progress and should be abolish. Categories: Malaysian Education. The attendance of these schools is divided along almost exclusively racial and religious lines, artificially separating different members of key communities in their formative years. Research, led by Dr Sivapalan Selvadurai of the National University of Malaysia and reported in 2015, found support for the continuation of vernacular schools among Chinese stemmed from … The latest discourse on whether vernacular schools should be abolished has less to do with education and more to do with politics, according to political analyst Khoo Kay Peng. Further, minority groups have a reason to prefer vernacular education at the primary level because there is extensive global evidence, including from Unesco, that mother tongue education (for example, Mandarin or Tamil) makes it easier for children to pick up and learn other languages (such as Bahasa Malaysia), develop their personal and cultural identities, help develop their critical thinking and literacy skills, and also leads to higher enjoyment of school and academic performance. “UMNO as a party respects and understands the continual need for such schools. Wan Ahmad Fayshsal Wan Ahmad is pictured at Dewan Negara after being sworn in as senator March 10, 2020. Vernacular Schools in Malaysia ... an expert in ethnolinguistics, said vernacular schools were an obstacle to national unity as the majority of children enrolled there were only proficient in their mother tongue. [Ed’s note: This article was originally written in March 2018] Vernacular schools have sparked debate from some Malaysians, calling for them to be abolished. Malaysia should not abolish the vernacular school system but instead focus on national unity due to racial issues that flared in Election 2013, Opposition leader … The authorities concerned should take the appropriate action against such acts," he said in a statement today. A child should learn to speak, read, write and know proper grammar before speaking slang. It has been proven by so many countries, the country succeed through single national stream systems. 1:52. There is also the simple question of pragmatism, in that we already have multiple long-standing vernacular primary schools in Malaysia, some of which have a multicultural student body. Without a doubt, vernacular schools hinder national unity... Get unlimited access to our articles on web and apps, Student or Senior Citizen? Slang should be banned in school. In more recent times, some Umno leaders as well as Malay nationalist group Perkasa had called for vernacular schools to be abolished, saying it went against national unity. Image via The Malaysian Insider. The national schools are hardly national at all. Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal I support the abolishment of vernacular schools (SJK/national type school), which includes Chinese, Tamil as well as agama schools/madrasa. That will hinge critically on whether they are a hindrance to national unity. Get a special rate, No. She goes on to advocate the abolishing of vernacular schools as a step in fostering unity. He was commenting on the recent statement by Nazri Aziz that vernacular schools should be abolished if they do not agree with the special rights given to Malays. By. WHat purpose does it provide for Malaysia in nation building? Saifuddin said vernacular schools have been around for a long time and have played its own unique role in the country's education system. Teachers should give incentives for children to learn to speak the right way and they should apply negative reinforcements when the don't. Any move to abolish vernacular education would be a "policy nightmare" for Putrajaya and would have to extend beyond conventional Chinese or Tamil schools, according to Khairy Jamaluddin. But Chinese schools are becoming even more multiracial than national schools now." Countries like Singapore , Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are all ruled by Chinese and Indian immigrants brought by the British colonizers. I don't believe vernacular schools should be abolished, nor do I believe should they be given shoddy treatment, but there has to be an emphasis on a truly MALAYSIAN education system. The sentiment is related to the perception of vernacular schools as a hindrance to nation building which includes national identity construction. Rickard Öberg -- Why The Malaysian Education System Doesn't Work - … What is important is that though not provided for in the constitution, they are recognised by the Education Act 1996. Constitutional scholar, Shad Saleem Faruqi, in his book ‘Document of Destiny’, says on page 361: “The educational landscape of this country has, since colonial days, been dotted with vernacular schools conducting instruction in Malay, Chinese or Tamil. This basically tells you vernacular schools aren't the problem. Zairil Khir Johari leads DAP's debates on national education policies in Dewan Rakyat. Seriously people doesn't get it. UK has no vernacular school and is not a multiracial country(92% English) So why should British colonies be multiracial. Coming from a vernacular primary and high school, I have to disagree with the notion that vernacular school should be abolish in the name of national unity: 1. Thus, for the sake of Malaysian future. Had Asri and others called for a careful study to be conducted to assess whether vernacular schools necessarily produce less patriotic students, and whether primary or secondary schools should be single-stream, this would have been a responsible way to proceed. Where does vernacular school come under? Malaysia is probably one of the few countries in the world, if not the only, which has four parallel education systems - Malay, Chinese, Tamil and Islamic. About 75% of Indians attend a Tamil vernacular school. The deputy youth and sports minister sparked controversy previously for urging the abolishment of vernacular schools in stages. Malaysia's vernacular school system under scrutiny - Duration: 1:52. "According to the United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), Chinese vernacular schools have 520,000 students in 2019, of which 18 percent or 90,000 are Malays, which shows that vernacular schools are accepted by all," it said. Two, is it really desirable at this stage to ban vernacular schools? In fact, by saying that vernacular schools should be abolished, is far from being racist. Where is your consistency talking abt united malaysian but you defend vernacular schools!!!!! In case anyone is wondering why the sports minister is engaging in this dialogue, remember that he was given the task of coming up with TN50, a plan to transform the future of Malaysia during the period 2020-2050. This is an empirical question, which we in Malaysia do not have the data to answer. NEWS; Bersatu Youth Chief Wants Vernacular Schools Abolished. (Bernama) - Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak said vernacular schools must ensure their students master the Malay language comparable to, if not better than, students in national schools. Exams should be cancelled and replaced by less stressful and more fruitful forms of assessments for several reasons including: 1) They d Datuk Seri Utama Mohamad Hassan said today in a media release from UMNO that vernacular schools are very much part of multicultural Malaysia and were a necessity. “Perikatan Nasional should put the national agenda of unity back on track by respecting the constitutional practice in place since 1957 and the Cabinet should lead the path of national unity forward by asking that the deputy minister apologise and withdraw his offensive call to abolish vernacular schools.” The latest discourse on whether vernacular schools should be abolished has less to do with education and more to do with politics, according to political analyst Khoo Kay Peng. that vernacular schools will continue to exist as part of the national education system and will not be abolished, though the issue is still a topic of debate (Zahiid, 2013). Home >> Articles >> Malaysian Education >> Segregated Schools: Why Vernacular Schools and Malay Boarding Schools Harm Malaysia. The writer suggests that all vernacular language schools are abolished and a system similar to the “mother tongue system” in Singapore be introduced in the new stream of "Bangsa Malaysia" schools. Home NEWS Bersatu Youth Chief Wants Vernacular Schools Abolished. There are no true Malaysian schools. He said vernacular schools have a right to exist but added that these should be privately funded. It is UMNO’s view that vernacular should need to exist.”, he added. We have seen renewed calls for the abolition of vernacular primary schools in Malaysia. In theory, that is easy to do, but it will face considerable opposition not only from Chinese and Tamil educationists but also from Malay groups as Malay and religious schools would have to be closed as well. It's a failure on society that we allow slang everywhere, especially in the media. Image via The Malaysian Insider So, even if you agree with Asri on single-stream primary schools, his particular proposal for vernacular secondary education only works if he persuades the government to provide high quality and widely available vernacular education at the secondary school level, such as currently enjoyed by Muslim students in Islamic schools. Any move to abolish vernacular education would be a "policy nightmare" for Putrajaya and would have to extend beyond conventional Chinese or Tamil schools, according to Khairy Jamaluddin. To integrate the people and create unity among Malaysians, the government will not abolish vernacular schools, said Datuk Halimah Sadique, the Minister of National Unity at the parliament today (25 August 2020). TTN - August 26, 2020. Ugama school come under article 12 (2). Watch Queue Queue “The trend is that only the smart ones know Malay and English. MRSM should also be abolished. There’s a racial problem in Malaysia because of government policies, and vernacular schools should be abolished because it is affecting racial harmony in Malaysia. 4. All the while beating the beguiling drum of integration. There has to be a single school system so that all the races can understand each other better, and so that no race will feel left out. You can argue that 10% of students in vernacular schools are non-Chinese/Indians and that 10% of MRSM is non-Malay. But this is the first time that Mahathir has been seen to take such a stand as prime minister. If the 13 May didn't happen, you can be sure the unity would still be high. Given that we have an enormous investment – economic, cultural, psychological and political – in primary vernacular education in Malaysia, Asri and others who echo his proposal for single-stream primary education and some possible vernacular secondary education need to answer a basic question: What is the evidence that single-stream primary education leads to more integration compared with single-stream secondary education? — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa. 9, Jalan 51/205A, Off Jalan Tandang, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Some of these schools have very fine reputations indeed. That means vernacular schools can be abolished by an amendment to the Education Act which requires just a simple majority of the legislature compared to the two-thirds majority required to amend the constitution. WhatsApp. But hey, that happened. Copyright © 2020 FMT Media Sdn Bhd. KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Malaysia should just allow vernacular schools where Chinese or Tamil language is used to teach to naturally take their course instead … He said the Malays would have their own gathering and talk about closing Chinese schools. PUTRAJAYA: The debate on vernacular schools should be looked at from a bigger picture and from a positive angle, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. [Ed’s note: This article was originally written in March 2018] Vernacular schools have sparked debate from some Malaysians, calling for them to be abolished. There’s a racial problem in Malaysia because of government policies, and vernacular schools should be abolished because it is affecting racial harmony in Malaysia. I read with trepidation a recent article “Start forging unity in school“. Hopefully, Malaysia can be a role-model to the world in racial integration. I support the abolishment of vernacular schools (SJK/national type school), which includes Chinese, Tamil as well as agama schools/madrasa. incidents regarding the vernacular education in Malaysia: T i m e l i n e All primary vernacular schools became national schools to use one single standardised system with bilingual languages, i.e. "People say vernacular schools should be abolished because they are not multiracial. It is UMNO’s view that vernacular should need to exist.”, he added. Malay and English; secondary schools maintained English as medium of instruction. Which brings us to the question of whether vernacular schools should be abolished. However unpleasant this … Instead, they might be interpreted as assimilationists – an attempt to subsume and erase – under the seemingly benign and exalted guise of integration. “Whether vernacular schools are part of our rich cultural mosaic or a hindrance to national unity are open questions. The main legislation governing education is the Education Act 1996.. There has to be a single school system so that all the races can understand each other better, and so that no race will feel left out. Like Reply. That results in alienation among young Malaysians against one another and lack of understanding and of embracing wholeheartedly the different cultures, religious practices and way of life of the various communities that can come only from close personal interaction. Some said that vernacular schools are wayyy too outdated – they belonged in the colonial era, and have no place in Malaysia. Considering that an estimated 90 percent of Chinese in Malaysia send their children to Chinese primary schools, the answer has to be yes. The average vernacular school student is only able to exhibit the identity of ‘certain ethnicities’ according to school that are separated based on ethnicity. Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal QUESTION TIME | Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar opened an old can of worms when he asked at a question-and-answer session whether “anyone in politics dared abolish vernacular schools, even if it was a popular proposition to promote unity in the country”. I agree and disagree with his remarks. So deal with the consequences I say. Education in Malaysia is overseen by the Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan).Although education is the responsibility of the Federal Government, each state and federal territory has an Education Department to co-ordinate educational matters in its territory. Ananthi Al Ramiah is the founder of Dataluminescence Research and holds a PhD in social psychology from Oxford University. In fact, by saying that vernacular schools should be abolished, is far from being racist. Comment . In reality, it might not even be possible to abolish such schools today. The writer suggests that all vernacular language schools are abolished and a system similar to the “mother tongue system” in Singapore be introduced in the new stream of "Bangsa Malaysia" schools. He cited that the existence of vernacular schools are a major hindrance towards unity. We have seen renewed calls for the abolition of vernacular primary schools in Malaysia. "People say vernacular schools should be abolished because they are not multiracial. Otherwise, I think it is fair to wonder whether such proposals are little more than an excuse for covering the final goal, that is the abolition of vernacular education, and the resulting erosion of the culture and identity of Mandarin- and Tamil-speakers. To integrate the people and create unity among Malaysians, the government will not abolish vernacular schools, said Datuk Halimah Sadique, the Minister of National Unity at the parliament today (25 August 2020). 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