Was in KL on Monday for a Viva voce in UPM and picked up a copy of the SUN (22 May 2006) at the Airport. Voila!! the front cover was about International Schools in Malaysia ... hmmmm .. and what I read puzzled more and more .... I will copy about three paragraphs ..
"A new dimension to education: KUALA LUMPUR: Bringing holistic education to our shores is the Global Indian International School (GIIS) which will be opening its campus in Malaysia this June. It offers a world-renowned curriculum certified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Used in over 8,500 scholls globally with a combined enrolment of 21 million students, the CBSE curriculum upholds holistic all-round education that goes beyond academics, and promotes an international and multi-cultural learning environment. The Ministry of Education is now allowing Malaysian nationals to attend international schools. GIIS Malaysia is delighted with this decision. In addition to its current offering of Bahasa Melayu, GIIS will also offer Islamic Studies or Moral Education and Local Studies in line with the requirement of the Ministry of Education. They will benefit from what is seen as one of the world's most renowned education systems, strong in Mathematics, Science and IT." - End -
Then there were also head captions on the second page which says;
Parents say exams are not everything,
Proven successsful-non-formal learning techniques,
All-round education beyond the classroom
Oh my God !!!, Oh my God !!! Zo my God !!! We have solved our education problems. We have the solution right at our doorstep, on our shores !!!
HELLOOOOO!!!! Are we missing something here???
If this GIIS is so wonderful, why are we not adopting and using this currriculum? Why is the Ministry sticking to the current curriculum when by testimony, non-formal techniques and a holistic education is called for.
In fact, by sanctioning the existence of GIIS in Malaysia, the Ministry of Education knowingly become a party to the creation of an elite group of rich Malaysian students who will attend the International School with superior curriculum while the remainder cohort will go to "normal" MALAYSIAN schools with NOT the best curriculum. This is very strange!!! Why can't we adopt the world-renowned curriculum by CBSE?? What is going on here?? Why are we being short-changed?? Looks like the children in "normal" schools will be second-rated behind those in the International schools!! Aiyaa .. tak tau lah ...