Penang meets schools to discuss DLP

The full report of the state education authorities on language teaching is still pending

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek ( pic ) announced that the Penang State Education Department would hold a session to engage all parties in order to address concerns expressed by parent-teacher association (PTAs).

She stated that the DLP implementation is based on guidelines in the “Specialised Circular No. The 5th Year 2024: Guidelines on the Implementation DLP, dated March 19,

The Education Ministry has taken note of media reports about the protests against the implementation DLP in Penang schools.

In a statement to the media yesterday, she stated that “Schools implementing DLP must make sure to provide opportunities to students who wish to study Science and Math in their native language or national language.”

Fadhlina said that the schools must ensure at least one class per Year or Form is conducting the teaching and learning in Science and Mathematics using national languages or mother tongues as the medium of instruction. This will begin with the new academic year beginning 2024/2025.

The DLP falls under the MBMMBI policy (Upholding the Malay Language Strengthening the English Language), which gives schools the option to use English in the teaching of Science and Math.

It aims to improve the English language proficiency of students by increasing their exposure to Science and Maths at school.

The Penang Chinese Secondary Schools said on Wednesday that they were unable to comply with the new directive requiring at least one Science and Mathematics class taught in Bahasa Malaysia as a DLP requirement, as neither the students nor the parents wanted this.

Parents were concerned that forcing the practice on their children could affect their performance in school.

Fahmi Fadzil, spokesman for the unity government in NIBONG TEBAL said he spoke to Fadhlina about the issue and was told that her ministry would meet with 11 Chinese secondary schools boards and PTAs and find a resolution.

The Communications Minister also said that he had instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to monitor social media in order to detect any comments racially offensive on this issue.

He said that he did not want to see any party politicize what was a real opinion, after launching Sembang Santai Programme here with Komuniti Madani Chiefs yesterday.

In GEORGE TOWN Deputy Chief Minister Dr Mohamad Abdul Hamid stated that the state was awaiting a complete report from the Education Department of the state on the teaching Science and Mathematics to BM students in 11 Chinese secondary schools.

He added that the state government has taken into consideration concerns raised by school boards.

We are working with the Department to resolve the issue.

He stated that Penang has 50 secondary schools and 35 primary school members of the DLP.

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