KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Dec 2008: A senator today proposed the setting up of a parliamentary committee to consider the effectiveness of a single education system as suggested by Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
Senator Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee said members of parliament could discuss and put forward their views on the matter and help in the process of arriving at a decision.
“Singapore has a single education system. If a small country like Singapore can have such a system, why can’t we? Why can’t we accept the fact that a single education system can benefit all the communities in the future?” said Syed Ali, acknowledging that he was for a single education system.
Speaking during the debate on the Education (Amendment) Bill 2008 in the Dewan Negara, he said the programme of teaching and learning science and mathematics in the English Language should be continued.
Mukhriz had proposed that the government put an end to vernacular schools so that Chinese and Tamil schools could be streamlined into a single education system.
The house will sit again tomorrow. — Bernama