IREAD with interest Mohamed Ghouse Nasauruddin’s letter “We have to address core issues” (NST, April 25). As stated by the learned writer, vernacular schools segregate and intensify racial stratification of our young at a tender age. It’s an open secret and everybody knows this is the core issue segregating our people but nobody dares to mention it openly as they are all “bogged down with vested political and chauvinistic interests”.
We are all avoiding the fundamental issue: the ticking time bomb, which one day may rear again its ugly head. It is no use to talk about the revamp of the education system with stopgap measures without considering the tremendous, long-term impact of segregation these schools have on the lives of our young, innocent children.
Most of our neighbouring countries faced with similar issues have tackled them. In Thailand, the Chinese have long been assimilated and accepted into mainstream society as they share similar religious beliefs with the Thais. They have willingly allowed assimilation to take place
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017