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Friday, September 26, 2008

Report the new curriculum to Parliament

DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin to to present reports of the new curriculum, which is said to be more holistic, to Parliament. Does the new curriculum cater for the modern need? will it be successfully implemented?

On 26.9.2008, Dr Tan comments on the announcement by the Education Minister yesterday that primary schools will have a new curriculum by 2010 and a new national education assessment system. These will replace the integrated curriculum that has been imppemented since 1983 and the current primary school assessment method.

The present curriculum involves 7,643 primary schools, teaching pupils the 3 Rs, Read, wRite and aRithmatic. There have been less emphasis on aspects such as human values. A brilliant examination result is one of the criteria used. But, examinational performance may not necessarily reflect the future achievement of a person. The integrated curriculum attracts controversies including the perception of not treating non-national schools justly.

We do not know the details of the new curriculum and the new assessment system. Apparently, Hisham stresses more on schoolwork, namely, six areas: communication, spititual attitude and values,humanitarianism, science and technology literacy, physical and aesthetics and personal development. These are meant to develop talents and potentials.

In the current political vicissitude, will Hisham be able to pay full attention to the new system? We are concerned.

The Education Ministry asks Parliament to approve an allocation of RM 31.4 billion, including the building of 110 new primary schools next year. We hope these include Chinese and Tamil schools. Now, we have 5.8 million students in primary and secondary schools.

Since the Education Minister requests Parliament to approve RM 31.4 million, he must present reports about the new curriculum and the new assessment to the august House, telling MPs what is up his sleeves.

Dr Tan Seng Giaw


At 11:00 PM, Blogger newton ng said...

Firstly, thank you very much YB MR TAN for coming meeting us on 28th sept 2008 with the residents of Taman Indah Perdana Kepong, eventhough this few blocks is under Selayang Municipal area, you have spent your precious time for our residents for solving and bring up this matter to the right authorities that handles this problems. We also thank you for bringing in Mr Kuan, the DAP in charged for Selayang, eventhough we shaould refer this matter to Selayang MP, which not avaiable for comment. Once again thank you YB and you shall get a full support for the next coming election from our residents here, formely from squatters area in Kepong.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Steven said...

Greetings,Dr. Tan

Well says for this kind of interesting subject.

When Hisham well painted on “schoolwork, namely, six areas: communication, spiritual attitude and values, humanitarianism, science and technology literacy, physical and aesthetics and personal development”, that’s something I think the Malaysian is hoping for a long time for it to be materialized. The government need to implement it very systematic ways. I just hope that will not be increase of burden for my kids who’s already had enough weight put on their shoulder.

Nevertheless, we would like to dream for additional Chinese schools as well…

Last but not least, we shall also dreams for an education system in which combines of national unity elements. (Since they have asked for 31.4 million or billion)


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