Abolishing UPSR and PMR. Is it a good idea or the otherwise. Leaving it to teachers and parents, to me, is a rotten idea. Why? They may be divided, one who support and the others oppose.
The Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have enough experts to conduct a study on this matter. Dont tell me they only know how to attend to their respective daily duties rather than allowing Muhyiddin to simply make such a suggestion to the Press.
Had he been fed by some proposals from whoever they are, I think he shouldnt have come up with that idea so abruptly. Now that the people, especially teachers and students are beginning to contemplate, the matter is not going to stop just there.
The ministry will have to answer many questions not only from the public but also from the NGOs and, of course, the Opposition. Unless we are already equipped with tangible explanation, then it should be okay. Otherwise, be prepared for some 'bombings' at the Parliament.
It was just a year ago when the teaching of mathematics and science in English caused an uproar nationwide. People are still talking about it, especially those 'badly' affected by the sudden turnaround of education regulations.
The English issue was left openly for public debate. It tore the nation into half but finally it was the ministry that got the final say.
Why cant we do our homework first before making any announcement?
I remember when the English medium primary school was abolished in 1978 (if I am not mistaken), we regretted over the poor English command among those who enrolled in Sekolah Kebangsaan after that, notably the Malays.
It was only in the late 80s that a special attention was given towards the language, recognising it an asset for one to pursue studying abroad. But still, we dont see much changes to the present day. The Malay students are still very much so poor in English.