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Posted On: 14 July 2009 11:24 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Parents divided over language for teaching science subjects

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Local parents are divided over whether or not science should be taught in English in the newly formed Independent Schools after the latest examinations showed a steep drop in students’ grades. Educationists are finding that instead of focusing on the subject at hand, students are spending most of their energy trying to find their way around complicated English terms that they have never heard before, having been taught science in Arabic up until this year. A report in Arrayah said that students failed to meet the required standards in past year’s science exams, causing nationals to question the importance of teaching science subjects in English. “Why should I lose my native tongue,” asked Saleh al-Suwaidi, a parent. “Didn’t Arab scientists spread the scientific Renaissance to the rest of the world?” But another parent, Suad al-Musheiri, said she prefers that her children learn science in English so they would not struggle in university and their future careers, “since today’s job market demands fluency in English”.