Friday, July 3, 2009

SPM: 10 subjects max from 2010 onwards

THE STAR

It’s official -- all students will be able to take a maximum of only 10 subjects in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination from 2010 onwards, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The only exceptions would be students in the joint science and religious stream who will be allowed to take 11 subjects next year until the curriculum is streamlined by 2011, after which they too will be able to take a maximum of 10 subjects.
“This means all students would be taking a maximum of 10 subjects in the SPM from 2011 onwards whether they are in national, independent or private schools,” he told reporters after chairing the Commonwealth ministerial meeting at the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the six core subjects in the SPM -- Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Education or Moral Studies, History, Mathe­matics and Science -- would remain the same.
“However those in the science stream are exempted from taking Science so this means they take five core subjects and can choose five elective subjects,” he said.
The same applies to those in the religious stream as they would be exempted from taking Islamic Education, while those in the joint science and religious stream were exempted from Islamic Education and Science.
He said changes would be made to the SPM open certificate introduced in 2000 where students could take six core subjects and any other elective subject as long as there was no clash in the timetable.
Muhyiddin said the rationale behind the decision was to ensure students had more time for extra-curricular activities.

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