The Minister of Education made that wise decision to discontinue the special Malay classes as proposed and planned by a few State Education offices. Well done Hisham!! Although it was done after oppositions from BN component members, good sense and the spirit of the coalition prevailed. Most importantly, the decision further strenghten the right honourable minister’s intent to make the national school the school of choice amongst Malaysians.
It does not make sense to segregate Malay students from the mainstream classes. The Ministry’s beurecrats are not doing the malay student a favour by initiating that program. To the contrary the students are being deprived of the opportunity to compete, to interact, to build their esteem, to develop friendships, to share, to work together to learn to be children of the world.
The proposal exposed a glaring flaw in the thinking process of those who have been entrusted to manage the education of our children. And they are supposed to be well trained educationists. I am not impressed.
The special Malay class was a program in the fifties and sixties to assist poor, deprived malay kids who generally were weak in the command of English compared to their urban mates. It makes sense to allow them to play catch up in the early years of the secondary education.
In the seventies it was discontinued. Personally I have benefitted from being in the mainstream, to be the best amongst the best. I learn the meaning of competition, meritocracy and prepare me to take on the world.
Its revival in the new millenium demonstrates the deep seated sense of insecurities amongst the malay beurecrats. The Malay kids of the millenium do not need to inherit that sense of insecurities.
Hisham inherited a flawed education system. Many in the system are just not fit to be educationists. I once saw a talk show hosted by Abdul Razak Baginda. He was interviewing the then director General of Education. I was not impressed by the intellectual depth of the highest in Command, neither do I see any management nor leadership qualities. I saw a civil sevant whose job was perhaps managing his personal needs so as to protect his position as a beurecrat.
As rightfully pointed out by those opposing the initiative, the special malay classes kills the character of the National Schools.
Bravo Hisham!!! go and get rid of those bird brained in the system.