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16 July 2018

Both the coalitions have given importance to education in their respective manifestos-Mak Chee Kin

Both the coalitions have given importance to education in their respective manifestos-Mak Chee Kin
MELAKA: Education activist Mak Chee Kin has rescinded on his plans to contest as an independent in a state seat within Kota Melaka constituency. Mak, who is the chairman of Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie), reached the decision was to narrow the choice for constituents to only two opposing political coalitions. “I am not going to contest as an Independent as I respect the wishes of Magpie members as well as voters who want are hoping to witness a
straight fight,” he said on Monday.Mak said his decision was also partly influenced by Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan’s manifestos on focusing on education needs of Malaysians. "My intention to offer myself as Independent is to enure of having a lawmaker in the state legislative assembly to champion the education
matters especially for students of urban schools.  "However, both the coalitions have given importance to education in
their respective manifestos," he said Nonetheless, Mak hopes Barisan should be clear on their manifesto whether the UEC certificate holders with credit in Bahasa Melayu and a pass in History would be considered for entry in public universities as presently the detail remains vague. While lauding both the political coalitions’ commitments in prioritising education excellence, Mak said that these pledges including building more Secondary Tamil l shouldn’t made as an election  enticement by aspiring political parties. Mak has been lobbying for teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy since 2009.  He had been fighting hard to be part of the DLP and in 2016, the Education Ministry allowed 13 schools in the state to have the option to learn maths and science in English under the Dual-Language Programme (DLP). The option was approved by the state Education Department following an appeal from Magpie and Melaka was the only state to allow all 13 schools that had pleaded for English as the medium of instruction in the two subjects under the DLP. The DLP is a Federal initiative to reverse the decline of English proficiency at national schools while upholding Bahasa Malaysia.


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