The Education Ministry is looking into the possibility of implementing the teaching of Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia for Year One students beginning 2011, a year ahead of schedule.
Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday this would depend on several factors including the adequacy of teachers, how soon the new curriculum could be drafted and whether the text books for Science, Mathematics and English would be ready by next year.
“For Year Four, Form One and Form Four students, the policy will begin in 2012 to enable the Ministry to make the necessary preparations,” he said when replying Hulu Terengganu MP Mohd Nor Othman during the question-and-answer session in Parliament.
Muhyiddin also gave his reassurance that the Government was serious about abolishing the policy of Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) while prioritising the new strategy to uphold Bahasa Malaysia and strengthen English (MBMMBI).
Mohd Nor and 12 others had also asked for the Government’s rationale in waiting until 2012 to revert to teaching both subjects in Bahasa Malaysia and its efforts implementing MBMMBI.
He said the cost of implementing the PPSMI since it was introduced in 2003 was RM5bil, which included the cost of providing facilities and training teachers.
The ministry will ask for adequate allocation to make the MBMMBI a success besides using existing facilities, he said.