The call for single stream schooling system and closing down vernacular schools in Malaysia have roused discomfort among certain quarters.
MIC Youth chief C.Sivarraajh said national disunity is not caused by vernacular schools and called on irresponsible parties to stop blaming the schooling system.
“Single stream school proponents argues that it would be good to demolish vernacular schools under the name of racial unity, however, it is not fair and completely untrue.
“Vernacular schools instills patriotism and nationalistic spirit among the student.
“Please don’t blame vernacular schools causing disunity in the country,” he said in a statement today.
Sivarraajh said the roots that causes national disunity are lack of patriotism, religion fanatics and social inequality in the society.
He elaborated further that neither english schools or vernacular schools that causes national disunity.
“Advocating single stream schooling system have not really opened their minds towards learning history as how the students adopt in the vernacular schools.
“Historically, the establishment of vernacular schools have long been recognised as stated in the 1951 Fenn-Wu Report and the 1956 Razak report,” he added.
The Prime Minister Najib Razak also have lauded the move of retaining vernacular schools because single stream education was not Barisan Nasional’s policy since the party emphasised on different culture and races.
Two days ago, Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said vernacular schools should be scrapped off in Johor, holding only a single-stream “Bangsa Johor” schools.
It was reported that Tunku Ismail had said Malay, Chinese and Indian schools does not “teach to unite”.
However, he assured that religious schools could be remained in Johor but not vernacular schools.