Cabinet Decision On International Schools - Good Intentions vs Reality.
First of all the young pupils who leave for their primary and secondary education overseas are not the 'best and the brightest'; the rich and the wealthiest, perhaps I would agree. The best and the brightest, my dear Mandarins at the Ministry of Education, are those who who are given short shrift, come scholarship-dispensing time by the PSD. The wantan mee seller's son and the rubber tapper's daughter that were sent dukacita letters are the ones you should be targeting. These are the proven cases of excellence and not a tycoon's son who may or may not perform if he is put even in the best 'international school'.
I can visualize several scenarios to this 'seismic' decision regarding international schools:
1) Wonder of wonders! The plan is implemented exactly as is announced.
2) Just as in a cookie advertisement on television the plan disappears without a trace in the near future - 'now you see it, now you don't'. Remember?
3) A high-powered committee is set up; the members then go into a 'demi bangsa dan negara' mode and lay down dozens of restrictions, clauses, sub-clauses regarding the medium of instruction, religious classes, the teaching of moral studies and strict quota requirements. Very plausible.
4) The outspoken nationalists, champions of language, culture, religion, history et al get into the act and ensure the plan is quashed and given a decent burial.
5) The international schools put their tail between their legs and run to Singapore. Cannot be ruled out.
I hate to sound like a sourpuss but can you blame me? I've merely tried to envisage the future using past experience and problems as a point of reference. The Education Ministry doesn't really enjoy the confidence of many Malaysians does it? We have heard of so many plans being either stillborn or aborted that it doesn't surprise us anymore if another one bites the dust. Having said that, I for one think it is a capital idea and hope it works out. At least there is one good alternative for my toddler daughter to look forward to.
Coming to the subject of scholarships for the deserving, I must relate to you an incident that happened almost a decade ago. There was this non-Chinese girl who obtained even then 'straight As' in her SPM. She applied to a Chinese based foundation in Kuala Lumpur and after a few weeks on not receiving any news the father went to the foundation office to inquire. He was told that they had 'accidentally overlooked' her application and now it was too late and she should apply next year. Oh come off it! How many non-Chinese girls with straight As in the first place apply to these foundations that they could 'accidentally overlook' her? So racists and chauvinists exist everywhere even among those who scream the loudest of being the victims of such racism. Therefore before throwing darts at the government for all types of injustice check out your own home first. The biggest racists may be lurking there.