PUTRAJAYA, 21 May 2009: The Education Ministry may limit the number of subjects taken by students at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination to ensure fairness in the award of scholarhips, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
“We should streamline the number of subjects that each student can take … why should they take 20 subjects when some are not even taught in school and only learnt from tuition classes?” he told reporters after meeting Puteri Umno leaders at his office here.
Muhyiddin, who is the education minister, said the current system of awarding scholarship based on the number of grade As obtained by students should be changed.
For instance, he said, a student who obtained 14As would have a better chance of obtaining scholarship, but this would not be fair to those who were only allowed to take nine subjects even though they scored As in all subjects.
“Obviously students in boarding schools who take only nine or 10 subjects wouldn’t be able to compete with those who obtained more A grades,” he said.
Muhyiddin said he had nothing against those who sat for many subjects, but said this had created unhappiness among those who were only allowed to take a certain number.
He added that the issue would be discussed at a special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 25 May. — Bernama