This was the catalyst that resulted in the birth of PAGE.
This policy which was implemented in 2003 underwent turbulence in 2008 shortly after the national elections as there were announcements from the Ministry of Education (MoE) that it would be abolished.
Every morning after 7.25 at SK Bukit Damansara, concerned parents mulled around deliberating this proposed change as they opined that the impact of abolishing a much lauded and needed policy would be catastrophic. This not just coming from parents who have big dreams for their children but also from the professionals who witness not just a lack of ability and capability to correspond in English despite the numerous A's scored in examinations, but a sad number of truly successful professionals in the fields of sciences and mathematics as the system of education did not enable them to become thinkers.
Pursuant to the then Minister of Education’s call on parents for feedback on PPSMI, PAGE was set up by parents of SK Bukit Damansara after its PIBG held an EGM on 13 September 2008 and had obtained mandate to appeal to the MoE to maintain with the current policy of PPSMI and, should the policy be abolished, to request that it be an exempted school, still continuing with PPSMI.
PAGE then a meeting held on 20 September 2008 with parents from 60 schools around
13 schools from the Rawang area have also requested to be participating schools that will be allowed to continue with PPSMI.
Round Table Discussions by the Ministry of Education
Upon receiving feedback by the then Minister of Education, PAGE was invited by the MoE to present its findings backed by facts at the 4th Round Table Discussion on 21 October 2008. The half hour presentation tabulated the reasons that Science and Mathematics ought to be taught in English to our children.
The presentation also addressed assertions cast by opponents of the policy.
PAGE was again invited for the 5th Round Table Discussion for input of robust discussion on the policy on 16 December 2008.
Numerous press conferences, television interviews and appearances and also press releases and letters were executed from the time of its formation to current.
With the new appointment of YB Deputy Prime Minister as the new Minister of Education, PAGE had written several times to request for audience. That was never fulfilled due to the absence of response on the part of the Minister of Education.
The Minister of Education’s announcement on 8 July 2009 that PPSMI will be abolished was a very big blow not only for PAGE and parents nationwide who did not have the opportunity to be represented through PAGE, but also the children.
Outraged as parents may be as that tantamount to regressing the journey of our children’s education, it is a decision that all must live with for the moment.
Moving Forward – Exemption
Thus comes the inevitable, seeking an exemption for participating schools to continue, based on will and capability, with PPSMI.
PAGE holds strongly the notion that children who have potential to excel must NOT in any way be impeded by those who may need a bit more coaching.
PAGE needs the numbers for this to present to the MoE. The target is that by August 2009, data can be presented for due consideration.
To this, please make that choice as parents and provide PAGE with the feedback it needs.
For Our Children.