If you were to ask me what’s my National Language when I was in Primary or Secondary school, I may be able to answer you then. When I ask my son (Sec.2) and daughter (Pri.3l) what’s their National Language, guess what they said?
Listen to the below recording to hear what my children said about their National Language;
I wouldn’t blame them for not knowing. I myself do not know the answer too now! What’s my National Language now? Is it still Malay? I guess even the teachers or MOE didn’t want to mention or promote Malay as our National Language openly.
Malay was not taught as a National Language in Singapore to Non-Malay students for many many years but now, MOE wanted to re-introduce Malay back to schools (Primary and Secondary) for Non-Malay students. It’s good to learn another language if the students are able to cope with it and the schools are not just implementing it because so and so said so…
I was taught Malay as a National Language in Primary School and right up till Secondary 1. It was even recorded our Report Book as National Language and teachers then told us so too. Though Malay was not an examination subject then, it was taught during curriculum time. Yes I’ve blogged about this report book before.
See the school’s letter to my Primary 3 girl;
Here is my Secondary 2 son’s letter from the school;
Note that both have to pay for the book ourselves though the Primary School one is a free course and non compulsory. My son’s Secondary school said it’s compulsory and have to pay for it ourselves though subsidised and the rest by Edusave. Both are taught outside curriculum time! Total only 10 lessons – approx. 2hrs per lesson per week.
See both did not mentioned that Malay is our National Language regardless of what objectives are given. Also see this speech from MOE site.
Actually what is taught in Primary School and Secondary School are the same, more or less based on the textbooks they used.
Now below is my old textbook used for my National Language in 1973 (Pr.4);
See I even wrote the meaning on top of the words;
See the price then;
Did you see the difference in the picture illustrations compared to nowadays. Which you prefer?
Oh btw my son told me that even his teacher (in his 20+) is not so sure whether Malay is still our National Language…