The teaching of Science and Mathematics subjects in schools has become a never ending issue with groups divided on whether teachers should continue teaching them using English.
The teaching of Science and Mathematics in English was first introduced in 2003, sparking a series of debates, especially by those who were concerned with the ability of the subjects to be taught effectively.
Some parents were worried that the new policy will widen the gaps between the urban and rural students.
They might have their point after a recent discovery that more than 30% teachers in the country who teach Science and Mathematics in schools have been found to have lack of good English command. Many teachers who were assessed were unable to express themselves well and had difficulty conveying their message in English to students.
The National Union of the Teaching Profession, NUTP, has urged the government to bear the responsibility for failing to train the teachers and improve their level of English. According to NUTP, a professional language training should be put in place before implementing the new English teaching policy.
Meanwhile the Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein has promised to look into the matter, and come out with a final decision after the results of the UPSR 2008 are announced, with a possible policy adjustment at stake.