Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English – PPSMI

PPSMI is the outcome of a policy decision made by the Government of Malaysia as the result from the Minister’s Council Meeting held on 19 July 2002.
The implementation of PPSMI was carried out in stages beginning with the 2003 schooling session. The pioneers were all Year 1 students for Primary Schools, Form 1 and Lower 6 students for Secondary Schools.
The full implementation of PPSMI was in 2007 for Secondary Schools and 2008 for Primary Schools.
The rationale for the decision to change the medium of instruction from the Malay Language to English for the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics subjects was made based on the government’s concern on the nation’s human capital development towards achieving the standard of a developed country, as well as an early preparation to compete in the era of globalization.
It is widely known that the field of science and mathematics form the basis and have a crucial role in the progress and development of a country. Various innovations and discoveries in these two fields happen rapidly and information access is mostly in the English language.
English language is also the language spoken internationally and mastery in this language would allow easy access to information in these fields.
In conclusion, the policy decision to implement PPSMI was made to ensure students’ mastery in science and mathematics by referencing NOT ONLY LOCAL CONTENT but also foreign content in view of the fact that most of the sources are available in the English language. This policy also ensure that pupils are not only taught the school’s curriculum but also to organise information and also its relaibility.


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6 Responses to “Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English – PPSMI”

  1. digimon Says:

    well. it is indeed a very good idea to use english as a medium for teaching and i really agree that lots of information are mostly available in English either from the library or internet.

    but how efficient is the implementation? are the teachers facing difficulty to teach in English? is it because the students are unable to understand what is being taught or the teachers having problem with the language?

  2. Demokratik Says:

    Please don’t revert back to bahasa, please! Our nation will never move forward if the policy keep on changing, those who refuse to learn. to change, will always wait for the government to go backward. We are yet to see the couraging result of PPSMI coz those lazy people are waiting for the government to go back to the old policy. Don’t give them any hope that PPSMI will be demolished, force them to learn.

  3. Superman Says:

    I think that as Malaysian we should believe in our children and should strive for their future. What is “Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa” if there is no “Bangsa” to menjiwai bahasa? So wake up Malaysians to ensure that Bangsa Malaysia is always there to menjiwai Bahasa Malaysia! Keep it up Dato Hisham, we are all behind you!

  4. Rosie Says:

    Lets get it straight. The policy (PPSMI) is excellent and visionary.
    Children can learn anything that is taught to them.
    If teachers are the problem, then lets focus our resources on improving that.
    It would be sad and unfortunate to abolish such excellent policy on that reason.

    So good people of Malaysia, lets us come up with proposed solutions to ensure that the implementation will be executed efficiently and effectively.

    Ministry of Education, we salute you for all the efforts, please continue your good hard work. The fruits of such labour will be rewarding.

  5. Eng Sun Says:

    I was educated together with the rest of my classmates in Taiping in a mission school from prmary one to sixth form some 30 to 40 years ago. During the scholling days, we were taught sciences & mathematics in the English AND the rest of the subjects except the English language in Bahasa Malaysia, We are schooled in the two most important languages besides Mandarin (regreted for not taking it as a subject privately). Subsequently, all classes junior to ours were in BM for all the subjects except English & Mandarin

    If I am to be asked by the Government today, did that system benefit me? If they ask my classmates were they well schooled? I am very sure they would agree with me in affirmative! Just to share what benefit from that system.

    I am able to use and converse well enough in English, ably to communicate with anyone from the Englsih speaking world. The gift of an English education also enables me to read and write sufficient to get things done. On the other hand, my grasp of the Bahasa Malaysia is also sufficient for me to speak to our Malays friends, communicate with any Government officers in this lovely language. As I am working with a non Government organisation, most the time the language of the communication is in Bahasa Malaysia. Can we imagine we live in Malaysia and yet unable to speak in the national language?

    In summary, the present system is actually the same system we went through 4 decades ago. The conundrum today is we do not have the parameters to make the system ticks.
    1. Teachers- we have committed teachers in both languages to educate us those days. Those days our teachers are more than capable to teach in both languages. We must bring up/ reeducate the present lot who rejects teaching Sceince/ Maths in English (though there are some exceptions)
    2. Pupils & parents – It needs lots of hard work to master both language. Pupils and parents must come to reality in order for our children to be par excellence and competitive, we need both the languages
    3. Bigotry/ Ethnocentrism – there are always plenty of bigoted people in the world and not only in Malaysia. They think their language and system is the best and there is no need to learn form others.
    4. Government- please do not pander to the wishes of the minority who rejected the present system. You are the govenment & as an authority must press on to ensure we have a generation of citizen who are proud of the country because they are capable, self confidence without the unnecessary lack of inferior complex.

    Finally to relate many incidences. I am 48 year old today and I work with many younger people. Often I came across Chinese, Malay and Indian Malaysians who are unable to speak properly in the simplest English thence unable to put across ideas even though I know these young people are bright, however handicapped by the lack of the skills. The govenment must press on and not left off because of political pressures. We should be unpopular today because we want to nurture a generation of Malaysians to excel. This is the sacrifice the government of the day has to take.

  6. Yna Says:

    I’m a law students, and my course did not really related to maths and science but still being taught in English. If we can live with that kind of education system, why can’t the others do the same.I understand law is a closely using English but trust me, WE will not use Eng in court when we are working.We used the language frequently,even the stupidest can spek in Eng.My advice to the students:just get through it guys. Language is a simple things!

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