History a must-pass subject for SPM from 2013 (Updated)
KUALA LUMPUR: History will be a must-pass subject in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination from 2013 along with the Bahasa Malaysia subject, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
With the move, students must pass the subject to be able to obtain the SPM certificate, said Muhyiddin, who is the Education Minister.
“We need to give them (students) some time to adjust. We also need time to train teachers and to prepare our students to face the new system," he said in his winding-up speech at the 2010 Umno General Assembly, here Saturday.
He also said that from 2014, history would be made a core subject in primary school under the Primary School Standard Curriculum.
He said the ministry would also make improvement to the subject, with emphasis on enhancing the understanding of the constitution so as to enlighten students about the country's nation-building process. Continue reading here.
I think it is good that the teaching of history should at least start from early days of the Sri Wijaya Empire, through the fall of Melaka to the invading Portugese in 1511, right to the coming of the Brits through the Perjanjian Pangkor in 1874, the migrants brought in by the Brits to service their colony, Merdeka Nationalist, the World War 2,the August 1945 MPAJA brutality, the Malayan Union, the political struggles of Dato Onn to Tunku Abdul Rahman for independence from the British Colonists in 1957, The Emergency - war against the brutal Communists led by Chin Peng, the Declaration of Merdeka, how the migrant population obtained Malaysian citizenship, the formation of Malaysia in 1963, ousting of Singapore in 1967, special attention must be given to the May 13 race riots, what and why it happened and what must be done to prevent a recurrence, the contribution of the Malays/Bumis, the Chinese, the Indians, the Sikhs and others to the development of Malaysia must also be told. It is important to tell the story about how each and every race contributed to Malaysia, nobody should be left behind.
As can be seen in the negative and disrespectful comments in the pro opposition portals, many lacked the understanding of how this blessed nation was born and how much blood sweat and tears were shed by all Malaysians to make this country a stable and prosperous nation. Obviously, the Government is well aware of these negative trends and one of the reason being a lack of knowledge and understanding about Malaysia's history. I hope the Education Ministry will have compulsory common syllabus for all National and Vernacular schools, otherwise the intent will be lost. Of course if the Ministry can go one stage further and sanction a Satu Sekolah untuk Semua system, this would be much better. Slowly, slowly, sikit-sikit nanti jadi bukit.