English in Science and Mathematics can help increase proficiency I AM irked by the recent debate on the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.
So much money, effort and time have been invested in order for the teaching to take place and when we are about to pluck the fruits of much hard work, people from irrelevant fields (not from the teaching fraternity) are interferring.
Such polarisation in society is definitely going to harm the progress of the country. How are we going to be a regional hub of learning if we fail to implement a simple change in the education system?
I believe the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English not only pave the way for a borderless society but also motivate students to learn more than one language efficiently.
How are we going to produce students who can speak intelligible English if we forgo the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English?
I’m not saying this change is going to make a world of difference in the marketability of our future graduates but it will bring a lot of changes in the confidence of our graduates.
Students in the rural area would sooner or later master the English language through the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English.
Many politicians fail to understand that the Education Ministry is trying to achieve two goals when it implemented the new policy.
And we can expect students even from the rural areas being multi-lingual. Students of vernacular schools will also benefit through this policy as they are going to master three languages thoroughly.
Multilingualism should be strongly encouraged among students. Those who are highly proficient in two or more languages are reported to have a higher cognitive proficiency and are found to be better second-language learners at a later age than the monolinguals.
We must pave the way for the younger generations to freely master two or more languages.
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