I read in TheStar today that our government is studying a proposal to make vernacular languages compulsory in national schools. Personally, I think that this is a great idea and is the first step necessary to shut down government vernacular schools nationwide.
I have generally been of the opinion that these schools contribute to the general problem of racial segregation in the country. While it is not the only contributing factor, it is a major one. Students who grow up in an environment where 90% of their peers are of the same race as them are just not prepared to enter a world where they are not surrounded by people of the same colour. Therefore, it is imperative that our government shut down vernacular schools as soon as possible.
By making vernacular languages compulsory in national schools, it would silence critics who defend the existence of vernacular schools due to Constitutional guarantees that students will have access to vernacular language education. There is no better way to push for vernacular education than to give them the same standing as the national language and English in our national curriculum. It’s better to be tri-lingual than bi.
So, I whole heartedly support this idea. Shutdown those vernacular schools.
Now, as for the next step – please shut down all them religious schools as well. Religion should be taken out of national schools entirely. Introduce civics and ethics into schools instead of focusing on Islam and morality. I would think that an ethics course would be a very good place for students to explore philosophies and expand their minds beyond the obvious.