Students sitting for the SPM examination can take two additional subjects but exam results will only be based on 10 subjects, said Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the matter was decided by the Cabinet request by certain quarters that the ministry allowed students to sign up for 12 subjects.
Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister said the matter was also raised in the Cabinet meeting by Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.
“The Cabinet has decided to give students the flexibility to take two additional subjects for their SPM exams. However, the results of the two additional subjects will not be counted as part of the SPM results. Their SPM results will be based on the 10 main subjects.
“Education director-general (Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom) will announce the details soon,” he told reporters after chairing the National Land Council meeting Friday.
Muhyiddin said if a student took 12 subjects for SPM, results that would be considered for scholarships, for instance, would be based on the 10 main subjects.
“However, if a student aspired to become a Tamil language teacher, the results of the additional subjects may be used to determine if they qualify to sign up for such courses,” he said.
Recently, youth wings from MIC, Gerakan, MCA and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had asked the Education Ministry to review its decision to cap the number of subjects in the SPM examination at 10.
They wanted students be allowed to sit for 12 subjects to cater to those keen on Literature or Tamil or Chinese languages.
In June, the government said that students would be allowed to take only a maximum of 10 subjects in SPM from 2010.
This includes the six core subjects - Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Education or Moral Studies, History, Mathematics and Science.