BY MICHELLE CHAN
SEPT 23 — Education is the basis of constructing and developing a nation.
Since independence, Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society has been buttressed by its education system; an education system with one special feature, various stream schools that allow the main ethnic groups to retain their mother-tongue education throughout at least the primary level.
On one hand, critics view this as one of the main hindrances toward realising national unity.
On the other hand, supporters argue that language is intrinsic in retaining our respective cultural identities and is uncorrelated with the formation of national unity.
Here, it is said that it is not the issue of language use that could lead to national disunity, but rather discrepancies in ideology.
Despite the controversies surrounding the issue of vernacular education, Malaysia needs a shared consensus to its approach towards its education system.
However, what are the positions we should be taking to satisfy all parties?
Drawing upon current and past experiences will help us to find the best-practice and feasible solutions here. Read more