Published: Saturday March 9, 2013 MYT 5:50:00 PM
Updated: Saturday March 9, 2013 MYT 6:29:47 PM
Muhyiddin: No change to 10-subject limit for SPM students
GEORGE TOWN: The 10-subject limit for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students stays, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the Government's objective was for students to be able to focus more on the main subjects as well as to make it easier for teachers to guide them.
"Previously, students had the liberty to take 15 to 20 subjects but we disallowed it two years ago because we wanted them to focus on the main subjects. So far, we see that this (taking only 10 subjects) is okay," he said at a forum for 2,300 Islamic religious teachers (North Zone) at Universiti Sains Malaysia here Saturday.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, was responding to a suggestion by one of the participants that the government allow SPM students, particularly those taking Islamic religious studies, to choose more than 10 subjects so that they could also take science subjects for better further education prospects.
In this regard, he acknowledged the constraints faced by such students and indicated that the matter would be considered.
"What we are worried about is that the students might feel burdened. But we will study the issue in detail," he said.
Muhyiddin also acknowledged that there was a shortage of Islamic religious teachers in the schools and said the cabinet was looking at ways to resolve the issue.
According to him, one of the initiatives taken by the ministry was to send untrained temporary teaching staff for courses to enable them to become teachers.
"The shortage is not confined to Islamic religious teachers; we also face the same dilemma for other subjects particularly when teachers retire or due to unforeseen circumstances," he said. - Bernama