Not a surprise that our students are weak in Science and Maths

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has done it again.

We have once again ranked poorly in education, coming in at number 52 out of 76 countries according to the findings released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which ranked countries based on the performance of 15-year-old students in Science and Maths.

In fact, we ranked lower than Vietnam (12), Ukraine (38), Kazakhstan 49), Turkey (41), UAE (45), Iran (51) and Thailand (47).

On the other end of the spectrum, Singapore came out tops, topping the rankings and beating Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

Parent Action Group for Education chair Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim told Theantdaily that the root cause of the problem was the teachers.

“Most of the current batch of teachers are a product of local universities. Thus, their degrees in Science and Maths would be from these universities. Maybe the teaching and learning of these subjects should be looked into.

“The current batch of teachers are a product of the era where Science and Maths were taught in Bahasa Malaysia, while the text books were in English. These were the complaints we received from some of the teachers concerned. We must realise that the lingua franca of these subjects is English,” she said.

Due to these factors, said Noor Azimah, the teaching of Science and Maths too would not be efficient.

“When we have these graduates teaching in schools, the teaching is not as efficient as it should be as the teaching and learning was not effective when they were undergraduates.

“Their mediocrity spilled over,” she said.

Noor Azimah also pointed out that it didn’t help matters that the language of the Internet for Science and Maths is English.

17 May 2015 – theantdaily.com
Not a surprise that our students are weak in Science and Maths


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