An education system that provides for different mediums in schools should not be allowed to split students, Malaysian Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said. “We have the national schools, Chinese and Tamil schools, religious schools, private and international schools. Like it or not, this is the reality of our education system today.
“But we cannot allow our education system of various mediums to divide our children,” he said at the national-level Student Leaders Unity and Integration Programme.
Hishammuddin pointed out that because of the country’s history, rural and urban areas and the divide-and-rule policy of the colonialists, the nation had established schools of different mediums.
As such, he said the six-day programme was borne out of a pragmatic and realistic idea of allowing students of various races to interact and work with each other.
The programme also allowed the students to get to know each other better, he added.
Hishammuddin also said that although the younger generation was now labelled as having negative perceptions, a majority of the students were trustworthy and could be entrusted with responsibilities.
They could be depended on when defending the sovereignty and independence of the nation, he said.