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Amar: Passing SPM English burdens rural students

KOTA BARU, 10 June 2009: Making English a compulsory subject to pass in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will add to the existing burden on students in rural areas, said Kelantan Education, Islamic Development and Dakwah chairperson Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.

He said the Education Ministry should solve the hotly debated policy of teaching of Science and Mathematics in English first instead of getting embroiled in another issue.

“If the ministry can make English a compulsory subject in SPM, why not do likewise to the Islamic studies?

“Students are required to sit for the Islamic paper but it is not a compulsory subject to pass, but now passing English will be made compulsory. This is a double standard,” he told Bernama after opening the Kelantan al-Quran Recitation Competition here last night.

Meanwhile, he said classes would be conducted for Kelantan al-Quran reciters to arrest the declining quality of their recitation.

Kelantan used to dominate the national al-Quran recitation competition in the 1990s and 1980s through Mohd Som Pergau and Faridah Mat Saman.— Bernama

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3 Responses to “Amar: Passing SPM English burdens rural students”

  1. James says:

    If this is the case, why not just make ALL subjects tested in SPM compulsory to pass? Even better, make it compulsory to get credit for ALL subjects in SPM. That way, there will be no accusations of double standards by certain quarters.

  2. durianguy says:

    Passing English burdens rural students? Hullooo … are we still living in the stone age? With all the public money spent on building first class infrastructure and projects for the schools to help the younger generation to acquire knowledge and this joker said BURDEN the student? Students are suppose to gather knowledge and exams are to assess if they have acquired such knowledge. It’s their FUTURE! Are our Kelantanese rural folks really that far behind? Such an irresponsible comment from a leader. Now you wonder why Malaysia has been consistently going downstream! Niamah!

  3. z00l says:

    Habis tu, cikgu yg byk2 tu nk suruh buat apa? Mengajar ke tak mengajar?

    Banyak sangat rancangan hiburan kot, tu la sebab budak2 tak belajar.

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