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Friday, December 17, 2010

Muhyiddin: History curriculum unchanged until 2017


History curriculum

unchanged until 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The History curriculum for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will remain unchanged until 2017. That is because students who will use the new curriculum from Form One in 2014 will only sit for the SPM in 2018.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Dewan Negara yesterday: “The new curriculum starts for Form One students in 2014 and they will become the first batch of students to sit for the exam under the new curriculum in 2018.

“The move is to give the ministry time to allow teachers to adjust to the new curriculum.”

He added that the ministry would also set up a committee to study the new History curriculum and textbooks to ensure a comprehensive coverage of history.

In October, the Government announced that apart from Bahasa Malaysia, History would also be a must-pass subject for SPM, starting 2013.

He also told Senator Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam that History would be among the subjects offered to candidates sitting for their SPM Ulangan examination from 2014.

Muhyiddin said the decision was made to give students an opportunity to achieve better results in their SPM.

He said the format for examinations and appraisal on students would also be revised to provide additional motivation to students during History periods in class.

Later, during a press conference after chairing a meeting of the 2011 School Session Committee, Muhyiddin advised schools to adhere to the ministry’s circular on school supplementary fees and not burden parents with huge payments in the new school session.

“If schools felt that a small contribution from the parents was necessary, they could ask for it but with the agreement of the parent-teacher association (PTA),” he said, adding that the matter should be agreed on by the PTAs before forwarding it to the state education director for approval.

Muhyiddin said there would be 210 schooling days and 78 school term holidays in 2011, adding that 66 new schools would be opened next year.

He said that to ensure schools had enough teachers, the ministry had redeployed or transferred teachers to areas with a shortage. – Bernama

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