KUALA LUMPUR, 27 May 2009: Quest for knowledge or a race to obtain more straight As?
This question of insatiable SPM students trying to outdo each other in breaking the annual record of becoming the one who obtains the most straight As has the Education Ministry cracking its head for an answer.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry was looking at all the aspects involved and wondered why some students want to sit for so many subjects in the Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) examination and how the situation could be controlled.
He said this was needed to avoid all sorts of confusion and complaints arising from the issue of top SPM scorers not being awarded government scholarships or securing a place in universities.
For example, he said, if a SPM student was already taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology, it became redundant if he also took the Science subject.
“And taking another almost similar subject won’t fit the purpose of learning and gaining knowledge. It’s just like when you have already passed the SPM examination, you sit for PMR or UPSR (middle school and primary school examinations), which will be relatively easier for you.
“But what is the purpose of doing so?” he said after launching the Tunku Abdul Rahman College-Gamuda Trainee Quantity Surveyors Programme here, today.
Wee told this to reporters when asked to comment on calls to limit the number of subjects that SPM candidates can take in the open certificate examination.
He said a group of academicians and professionals had started to study the matter as directed by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last week.
He added that he hoped that the committee would come up with its findings on how to rectify the matter soonest possible. — Bernama