Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Umno Assembly To Discuss Teaching And Learning Of Maths, Science In English

KOTA BAHARU, March 8 (Bernama) -- The coming 63rd Umno General Assembly is expected to discuss the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science in English, which is currently a hotly debated issue.

Party vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a fast decision was needed so as not to prolong the issue and for the policy to be accepted by the general public.

"This is expected to be among the resolutions to be debated at the general assembly on March 24, besides the debate on the party president's policy speech and other resolutuons on education and on the economy and religion," he told reporters at a Prophet Muhammad's birthday celebration, here, today.

He said all states would have the opportunity to speak at the general assembly, with the policy speech probably touching on the history of Umno's struggles including after the 12th general election.

"On the economy, the focus will be on uplifting the economy of the Malays which is still weak."

On education, Muhyiddin said the education minister would also be expected to say something on the policy of using English to teach Maths and Science and on resolving the issue.

"Unfortunately, whatever decision made on the policy will be linked to Umno and this will have a negative impact on the party, which has all this while seen as the champion of the Malays and the Malay language," he said.

Muhyiddin, who is contesting the Umno deputy president post, did not dismiss the possibility of the outcome affecting the people's trust in the Umno-led government.

"A fast, definite decision on the matter will be good, especially for the coming generations," he said.

(Source: BERNAMA)

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