Education in Malaysia: Much ado over language

Looi Sue-Chern

National schools, with their more than 90% Malay population, are now the least-favoured option for non-Bumiputera parents. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 4, 2017.

A LOOK at developments in Malaysia’s education system over the past six decades show how the Malay language has largely dictated national education policies.

However, hopes that it would be a unifying language to achieve nation-building through the education system have not materialised, and in terms of academic performance, Malaysia has not yet scored above the global average in baseline assessments for pupils in mathematics, science and reading.

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