Sunday, February 14, 2016

Coalition will oppose voluntary English programme even if it becomes popular with parents and schools

A coalition against Putrajaya's new voluntary English programme for schools, called the DLP, is adamant about ending it even if it becomes a popular choice for a majority of parents, educators and students. A spokesperson for the "MansuhDLP" coalition, Prof Shahril Md Zain said this was because the DLP or Dual Language Programme was an attempt to "Anglo-size" the education system. Anglo-sization, he claimed, would in the end displace the national language Bahasa Melayu and further split Malaysian society by creating a generation of children educated in the English-language. He said MansuhDLP would continue to campaign to abolish the DLP even if next year, more schools, parents and students choose to voluntarily run the programme. The DLP is currently a voluntary programme being run in 300 schools nationwide in which certain students are taught four subjects in English. Participation is strictly by choice and must be agreed to by parents, teachers and students. "Even if they (parents and teachers) choose, we will oppose it. There is no country in the world which develops an education system based solely on what the parents want. "The government crafts national education policy based on certain principles. There is no such thing as absolute freedom in education," Shahril told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. – February 15, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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