Frankly speaking, I was neither surprised nor shocked at the recent announcement by our education minister about reversing the teaching of Math & Science back into BM. For don’t we all know by now that decisions on educational policies have never been people-centered but ALWAYS politically motivated? The more the minister says it isn’t, the more he is trying to hide the stark truth! And these are the truths that all parents and teachers must come to a realization by now:
1. That our education system that ought to be free from political meddling, is not and has never been.
2. That decisions about education are always decided by politicians, not by the people who are stake holders or professionals who at least know what they are talking about.
3. That teachers, parents and students who are directly affected by any changes in policies, have the least say in any decisions. In fact, they have practically no voice at all! Or they can shout all they want but they won’t be heard!
4. That no one cares about our children – the only thing they care about is POWER, and how to hold on to it for as long as they can!
So it is NEVER about education, it is ALL about maintaining control over one’s language (or power) over others. Whatever happened to global competitiveness? “What’s that? Does that have anything to do with us? Don’t waste our time and let’s get back into our ‘tempurungs’!”
So what do we parents do about it? Continue to let our children become pawns to political flip flopping? Or are we going to say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” We are taking our children back and give them real education that they so deserve! If the education ministry can’t do it, if the schools can’t do it, we parents surely CAN! For the simple reason that we have no other motives other than giving our best for our children. And no sacrifice is too big to help bring out their highest potentials to the world. And the world does go beyond the shores of Malaysia, much to the contrary of what some people want to believe here!
So it is NOT the end of the world (yet) and parents do have options that they can explore. It is now up to you to steer the path of true education for your children so that they can finally taste the true nectar of the educated life!