Parent: Thanks MOE, for addressing workbook issue

Written by: J.R. | 12 Oct 2017 12:13
Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Chong Sin Woon addressing the workbook issue at a Press conference yesterday.
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12 Oct 2017 12:13

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Malaysian Talk for publishing my complaint, Heavy Schoolbags: The silence is deafening, MOE which I believe may have led the Ministry of Education to finally address the issue. 

Coincidentally two things happened after the article appeared on your website. 

The first is that it was also read by Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, who is currently the Director of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the Chairman of the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS).

He immediately called me to let me know that he had communicated with the Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Chong Sin Woon about the workbook issue which he had also personally followed up prior to this. 

Tan Sri Ramon also told me that he had asked Chong to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on such a prevalent issue that appears to be out of control where ministry guidelines are blatantly ignored. 

He also said that this issue should not just be a Chinese school problem alone but an issue of national importance as he believes it's also happening in national schools as well, especially since clear guidelines have been in place since early 2000. 

I would also like to thank both Persatuan Jaringan Ibubapa Pencinta Bahasa Zhong Hua (Jiazhong) and Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) for consistently raising the issue of workbooks in the media. 

In the past, we have only seen the Minister of Education and his two deputies paying mere lip service saying that the indiscriminate purchase of workbooks in schools should stop, but in reality, there has been no action taken against school administrators who defy the guidelines. 

The second thing that was forwarded to me by Jiazhong advisor, Edward Neoh, which also came as a coincidence is this press conference by Chong which I would like to share with parents who, like me in the past, are ignorant about it. Here are two links:

Thank you. 

Stephen Ng
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya


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