English in schools divides Malaysia

The leader’s goal – to improve standards of English, maths and science to make Malaysians more competitive globally – is not only understood, it is widely lauded.

It is the strategy of teaching maths and science in English from primary school level that is proving so controversial. It is simultaneously driving deep fissures through his multi-ethnic ruling National Front coalition and uniting the previously fractious Alternative Front opposition parties. the Guardian, 26 September 2002. Read more…

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