Muet

Topics: Malaysia, Lingua franca, Malay language Pages: 4 (1505 words) Published: July 20, 2013
MUET PRESENTATION SCRIPT: “ABOLITION OF PPSMI, NOT A SMART MOVE. “ Sie Yii: Good morning Madam Jasmine and all my fellow friends. As the first (speaker/presenter), I will be talking on the background of today’s topic, which is “ABOLITION OF PPSMI, NOT A SMART MOVE”. First of all, what is PPSMI? *pause, wait for response. If no one responds, move on.* PPSMI stands for Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris, or the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English. It was first introduced in 2003 by then-Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir bin Mohammad. This policy has been the subject of debate among academics, politicians and the public alike.  According to the Malaysian Ministry of Education, the policy would be run in stages, starting with the 2003 school session, pioneered by the all students of Year 1 in primary education level, and Form 1 of the secondary education level. PPSMI was then fully implemented to all secondary students in 2007, and to all primary students in 2008. The policy decision to implement PPSMI was made to ensure students’ mastery in science and mathematics in view of the fact that most of the sources are available in the English language. Indirectly, it is also hoped that the implementation of PPSMI would contribute to the enhancing of students’ command of the language. By then, Tun Dr. Mahathir was in the opinion that Malaysia's progress is declining in the age of globalization, and he had hoped that this policy gives a competitive edge to the nation, following the footsteps of Singapore and India which are moving forward because of their utilization of the English language. However, the policy was reversed in 2012 through an announcement made my Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Now, what would replace PPSMI? The answer is MBMMBI. “To uphold Bahasa Malaysia and to Strengthen the English Language. My colleague will continue on this section. Thank you. Foo: MBMMBI, as told by my fellow...
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