The Star Online:
The 10-subject limit for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students stays, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.I think the 10-subject limit is a good thing because it sets a fair ground for SPM students to compete for limited prestigious scholarships.
The Government’s objective is for students to focus on the main subjects as well as to make it easier for teachers to guide them, he said, adding that previously, students had the liberty to take 15 to 20 subjects but this was disallowed two years ago.
“So far, we see that this (taking only 10 subjects) is okay,” Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said at a forum for 2,300 Islamic religious teachers from the northern region at Universiti Sains Malaysia here yesterday.
He was responding to a suggestion from the floor for the Government to allow SPM students, particularly those taking Islamic studies, to choose more than 10 subjects so that they could also take up science subjects for better education prospects.
Muhyiddin acknowledged the constraints faced by such students and indicated the matter would be considered.
“What we are worried about is that the students might feel burdened. But we will study the issue in detail,” he said.