D-G: Ministry working on new subject’s details

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  • Friday, 15 Aug 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is still working out the details for the new subject tentatively called Civics and Citizenship Education. 

Education director-general Datuk Abdul Rafie Mahat said: “Nothing is final yet. Other than that, we want to introduce it beginning with Year Four pupils in 2005.”  

“Islamic Studies will not be dropped,” he said in an interview when commenting on his statement on Tuesday that the new subject would be introduced in place of Moral and Islamic Studies for all pupils. 

Sources said that among the options under consideration were to have pupils sit for the new subject in addition to Moral and Islamic studies or to have Civics and Citizenship Education replace Moral Studies. 

They added that the ministry’s Curriculum Development Centre was now dealing with the “tricky task” of drawing up the content for the new subject to avoid any overlapping with Moral Studies. 

“For example, we are looking at universal religious values in Moral Studies but lessons on culture would be part of Civics and Citizenship Education,” said the source.  

Asked whether it would be an examination subject, the official said this had yet to be determined. 

“Details are still being worked out. We are considering using a school-based system of assessment by having pupils do assignments and class projects,” he added. 

Abdul Rafie said much thought and planning had to go into its implementation as changes would have to be made to timetables.  

“We also have to look into the writing of textbooks and training of teachers. 

“Whatever it is, the public must know that we are doing this with the nation’s interests at heart,” he added.  

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