YEAY! to HIstory as a must-pass subject and the abolishing of PMR by 2014.
If you read any newspaper today, you've come across these annoucements:
History will become a must-pass subject for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) beginning 2013, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today. This will give the subject a similar status as Bahasa Malaysia for the SPM exams, he said at the Umno General Assembly here today.
Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, also announced that the replacement of PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) exams with a school-based assessment system will be brought forward to 2014, instead of 2016 as earlier announced.
Personally, I like HISTORY as the subject and it's true that it can help our younger generations to understand more about what happened to our country in the past. However, how far would our younger generations appreciate this peaceful country and can it instill the patriotism is quite questionable. Is the notion of making it a must-pass subject for SPM will change their perspectives towards this country? Or will they just memorize all the facts in the subject for the sake of scoring the passing mark? We just have to wait and see.
Regarding the abolishing of PMR by 2014, I'm so happy with the move. Hopefully this can really reduce the burdens and pressures for our children. But then, again we have to see what kind of school-based assessment system will it be for our children. We as the parents can only hope that it's going to be a fair and reasonable assessment system.
I KNOW THESE KIND OF CHANGES ARE NOT EASY FOR THE TEACHERS TO ADAPT TO AND CARRY OUT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. MY KUDOS TO THEM AND I PRAY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THESE CHANGES WILL MAKE THINGS BETTER TO OUR CHILDREN.