A detailed explanation will be made soon on the rationale to limit the number of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia subjects that students can take.
“Though some parties are worried that it will adversely affect students’ learning, I feel that it will not have that effect,” DeputyPrime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.He said the Education Ministry would focus on determining the number of core subjects first.“Now there are six core subjects and we may reduce it to four. That means candidates can choose six more subjects.”
In Kota Baru, Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom said that the ministry would make a final decision on the matter after thorough discussions.He said the discussions would involve the Examinations Syndicate,scheduled for next week.“After the discussion with the syndicate, it will be brought up to the ministry’s professional meeting before being taken to the minister.“The minister will then decide whether to bring it to the cabinet.If he chooses to do so, we will prepare the cabinet paper,” he saidafter opening the convocation of the east zone Teacher Training Institutesat Universiti Sains Malaysia’s health campus main hall.Alimuddin said the decision to limit the number of subjectsshould not become a big issue as Muhyiddin, who is also educationminister, had announced that it would be implemented only next year.“There is still ample time to discuss it. If there are better options, we will accept them as actually those who took more than 10 subjectsin the SPM account for less than 10 per cent of the total numberof students taking the examination.”The issue has attracted considerable attention since Muhyiddin announced it on Thursday, saying this would put an end to the controversy surrounding the awarding of Public Service Department scholarships and the number of As students obtained in the examination.