Uniting The World & Learning Rights

Jan 4, 2013 in , , , , ,

The first article is the product of the School Times interview with Mr. Jorge Sampaio, and is a collaboration between the writers who interviewed him.

The next article, focusing on education, is my first column article for 2013.

The education system in Malaysia has been a topic of discussion lately, with the switch from some subjects being taught in English, to being taught in Bahasa Malaysia. For those who have been learning them in English all along, the change can take a toll of them. Many parents and students alike debate switching to private schools, and the fact that students themselves are taking the initiative to find out more about this shows that they take their education seriously. This is for good reason, too, since education, as most of us know, is an important skill for survival.

The thing is, no education system really is perfect, and I don’t think that they ever can be. Times and the needs of the people change constantly, and just as a system settles in, something will have to be updated in order to keep up.

Malaysia’s education system still has a long way to go, as we are a developing nation, and unfortunately, some are sidelined, and even unable to enter it, no matter how hard they try. Children who have been born in Malaysia but whose parents didn’t register them, for example, are unable to get identification papers, and hence cannot get education in government schools.

Rules are set for important reasons, but every now and again, they should be bent. Even China is changing their infamous one-child policy, to allow families to have multiple offspring. Education is an important issue, and priority should be given to it, and the policies that affect it. Attention should also be given to the minority with no access to education, and those whom the laws sideline, especially because much of the time, these people have the potential to succeed – they just need opportunities.

As students, we must also stand up for what we want, and the changes that we want to see not just in our individual schools, but in the education system as a whole. The adults may know what is best for us, but sometimes, we still know what works for us better. We have to fight for our peers who have not been given the opportunity to study.