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