PENANG, 19 June 2009: The proposed introduction of a modular system to replace the terminal system for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination is good as it can make students understand better the purpose of education, instead of focusing only on passing examinations, Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) Board chairperson Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
He said through the modular system, the society’s perception of examinations would not be so rigid, and the purpose of education can be broadened through the learning process.
“We don’t want the focus to be only on examinations that all aspects of learning are neglected. The idea is good, but has to be implemented cautiously for fear that it would create issues which could be politicised,” he told reporters after signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects here today.
Yesterday, Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said the MEC would introduce a modular system to replace the terminal system for the STPM examination by 2011.
He said the modular system would be similar to that in universities, where students needed only to concentrate on the modules for a particular semester, and that 20-30% of the marks would be based on coursework, projects and other assignments, as well as practical work. — Bernama