Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Malaysia to bring in 300 English teachers from US next year: DPM"


PHWOAR!

This HAS to be the brighest idea that our Education Minister can think of. 

The PPSMI policy introduced in 2003 was too debatable. 

The MBMMBI policy introduced in 2009 was...what is that thingamajig again?

And now, 3 years later, the big guys upstairs decided that Americans teaching our kids is THE cure for the English language illiteracy in Malaysia.

The programme will be implemented in 2012...  

But wait, I thought the MBMMBI will start in 2012? So...

...involving almost RM18 million in terms of cost.

Hm, I guess it's just a fraction of the cost of Datin Rosmah's bling.  No biggie. 

English language experts would be assigned to schools categorised in Bands 6 and 7. 
 
I guess white guys would be waaay better than our English language professors.  Not because we're still colonised mentally thinking that the whites are more superior than us, especially language wise.

The programme had three objectives namely to provide technical assistance, to assist people outside the US to understand the American culture, and to assist the Americans to understand the culture on the other nations.

Well I guess that's a good intention.  But I thought the Western culture is 'evil'?  I wonder who told me that.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the ministry was considering the possibility of having extra classes for English language after school hours to strengthen thestudents' command of the language.

I'd say pay us more, or just don't, don't let the kids advance to the next form if they fail the subject.

Okay, forget my acidic remarks.  Here's the pros and cons of the programme that I could think of:

Pros:
We could learn a thing or two from our American counterparts.  Learning second languages there is all the rage. 

Kids might actually learn something as they are forced to communicate in English as their 'new teachers' won't understand their native language.  This was what my parents had gone through when they were in mission school, being taught by mat salleh priests and nuns.  And their command in the language is good, if not perfect.

Cons:
English-teaching fresh graduates worry they'd be jobless as their one and only post that they can do is taken up by foreigners.
 
Current English teachers might feel that the Ministry has given up on them, doubting their abilities to teach.  Hence causing dejection and demotivation in teaching.

Kids might be demotivated learning as they fear of being ridiculed as they just can't respond to their American teacher.

Even if they do learn something, we'd be producing kids speaking in American accent with the rolling of the 'r's and the changing of the British English writing system e.g.  tyre becomes tire.  When for generations since the Brits left us to our own devices, we tried so hard to speak like them with our very own Malaysian flair.
 
I know our Ministry means well.  But policies shouldn't be changed as often as a woman's menstrual cycle (was that blantantly sexist?).  They come up with super genius implementation, but they don't give it time to even just simmer.

Let's just hope that these Americans would be the answer to our life long problem of English language illiteracy (but it wasn't so bad during my parents' time when every subject was in English till they changed the policy - just saying), that fresh graduates will still get their jobs and that current English teachers would feel relieved for the help rather than disgruntled.

Or else we're gonna get a lot of this:


17 comments:

Memer said...

emmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

My point of view, our current DPM is d worst edu.minister ever. Ntah pa ntah jg yg dia buat. Kjp ini, kjp itu..sot.

Lizeewong said...

Why do our students need to learn American culture??? and why are we getting English teachers from the US? If they really want to get 'experts' why not from India? The labour would be cheaper. These two parties probably had a private MOU signed somewhere. Like you said, our students will be more confused with the different English spellings, pronunciation etc.

Your parents ended up with good English cos they were completely immersed in the language. Are the US teachers going to spend 10 hours a day with the weak students? Stay with them? learn their culture? Nah, I don't think so.

Another stupid + expensive idea from the government. 18 million is nothing right? So disgusted.

Yen said...

aik..kenapa american english? bkn kita pakai UK english meh?

Yen said...

upss correction! british english.

AnnieMing said...

Bagus sa sedia tanam getah laa ni macam. Kalau ada saingan, manada budak mau pandang cigu local cakap urangputi sudah ni.. Haha

Birthmark said...

There goes our tax money. How much more is enough!?

I absolutely agree on your pros. My father too was from school where the syllabus was taught in English, and by Britons.

But guess I've lost that trait of his.

Asrih Arif said...

aku yang diajar cakap english oleh urang kita pun buli juga paham english... x perlu pun urang putih ajar... disgrace.. kembalikan martabat cigu english kita.. say no to foreign english teacher...

Rungitom said...

MBMMBI, now thats a handful. Its like been years we've been taught British English, and suddenly out of fokkin' nowhere 300 US english teachers will be brought in to teach english.
Is this really for the good of education or just to satisfy one's hunger for business and politics?

Melancholic Fool said...

sedih la macam ni... seolah-olah macam tak fikir panjang je...

300? Lawak lawak... i just want one thing, release us from our contract... and I'll be happy...

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Memer: Yes?

Anon: hehe. cant make up his mind, can he?

Lizee: Yes, India's actually really good. Plus they do British English too. My colleague did say too, if the American are gonna stick around for say, 10 years, then she'd guess that we would yield something out of it. But if just a couple of months, habiiiis duit rakyat!

Yen: tu yg menghairankan tu...

Annie: ahahah..betul tu. they'd think they are 'better' coz they are white. which is sad.

Birthmake: It'll be enough when the country goes bankrupt :/

Asrih: exactly! kalo mau buat demo, kena tangkap pula...

Rungitom: probably the latter. yg former tu bonus ja.

Azhar: it's probably a eureka moment for him. YES! They should.

v said...

politics. give jobs to us first please. we've been jobless for three months already.

chegu carol said...

geleng kepala saja lah saya sambil guling2 anak mata ....

Kurosei said...

I am not surprised. Although their reasons for such action is flimsy. America are bigger than us (pun intended) with more unique cultures than we have, getting to know them is difficult. They should be honest;

"We're going to hire US English teachers to get our abysmal English proficiency standard up. We're taking the easy way because trying to restructure the education system, rehabilitating incompetent teachers and changing our youngsters mentality take too much work."

If I can look into the future and 'see' that this move will actually make a GINORMOUS difference then I am all for it. For now I am pondering whether 300 people is enough for EVERY school in Malaysia without spreading them too thin.

On a lighter note, 300 teachers with varying accents will undoubtedly leave an imprint - an accent for every states! :-P

Amanda Christine Wong said...

v: tu la. kesian u guys. hope it really doesnt affect the fresh grads.

carol: ba carol, they might come to your school..jagaaa...hehe

Kurosei: haha..NICE! Ooh ooh, I'd like one with a Southern drawl please. Ah thiunk it'd bae reel inerestin' :D

chegu carol said...

im not surprised. my school is already having one mat salleh under british council coming on weekly basis to guide our english teachers on how to improve t&l in classroom. so far, tolong macam tu ok lah, not interfering with how our teachers teach.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

carol: hm, that's actually nice. i could use something like that. but since it's british council, it's a different thing then,not the one what our gov planned.