NON-DLP APPROACH BY MOE: ANOTHER BURDEN FOR PARENTS
We are writing to express our deep concerns and frustrations regarding the Ministry of Education Malaysia’s (MOE) approach to education, which has left us, as parents, feeling both bewildered and dismayed. The recent events surrounding the Dual Language Program (DLP) in STEM subjects at schools like SK Convent (1) Bukit Nanas and SK Bukit Damansara are just a part of a bigger issue. It seems that the MOE's so-called "7 TERAS" education strategy is spreading its influence to several more schools, and we find ourselves caught in an exhausting battle for our children's futures.
The MOE's decision to segregate DLP and Non-DLP classes based on Bahasa Malaysia proficiency has left us scratching our heads in confusion. It's perplexing how language skills have become the sole determinant of a child's academic trajectory. Suddenly, mastering Bahasa Malaysia has become the magical key to success in the 21st century. Who knew?
The uncertainty and anxiety that come with this "inclusive" approach are daunting. As parents, we want the best for our children, and this unpredictability only adds unnecessary stress to an already challenging journey. It feels like we are trapped in an endless maze without a map or compass.
Furthermore, we must give our applause to MOE for its "noble" decision to extend this delightful experience to several other schools as well. Because, let's be honest, who wouldn't want the joy of fighting for their child's education while struggling to make ends meet in this challenging economy? It's a party we didn't know we signed up for.
As parents, we believe we have the right to be involved in decisions that directly impact our children's education. It's disheartening to see our voices disregarded, as if our opinions are completely ignored. MOE seems to have found a way to make parents feel utterly powerless.
Even in Johor, where Tamil Schools have recently succeeded in their fight for a fairer DLP system, some parents are still not satisfied. The struggle to ensure there is no segregation of students into DLP and Non-DLP classes is far from over, and we stand together with other parents in the pursuit of a better future for our children. It's disheartening to see that even MRSM students are not given the opportunity to take part in DLP for STEM subjects in English.
In conclusion, we want to convey our sincere hope that the Ministers and all Members of Parliament involved take our concerns seriously and reconsider the "inclusive" education approach. We, as parents, are determined to fight for our children's rights to equitable and quality education. We implore MOE to engage in open and transparent discussions with parents and other stakeholders to build a better and more inclusive education system that truly empowers all our children to thrive.
With reformed voices for our children's future,
CONCERNED PARENTS FOR EQUITABLE EDUCATION