PUTRAJAYA: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) says the Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE) will be reintroduced in all primary and secondary schools at the middle of next year as a compulsory subject.
The revamped syllabus for the CCE will also incorporate the topic of corruption following input from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), he said when delivering his closing speech a forum jointly organised by MACC and the Education Ministry here.
Dr Maszlee said the Ministry intends to roll out anti-graft related education to youngsters through the CCE subject, and would work with MACC to inculcate a culture of anti-corruption among children.
"We won't have a subject just on corruption. Instead, we will incorporate it as a topic in the syllabus of CCE, which we will reintroduce in all primary and secondary schools mid of next year," Dr Maszlee said, adding that MACC has provided the ministry with the proposed anti-graft syllabus.
Pre-schoolers would also be exposed to the topic of corruption, he said.
"However, they will be introduced through certain activities that will expose them to good values and let them know there are bad things to avoid out there," he added, noting that CCE would be a compulsory subject.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, who was a panellist in the forum, had earlier said that corruption should be made a subject in schools in order to educate children about the dangers of graft.
He said the culture of disliking corruption should be inculcated into an individual when they are young, before it becomes too late.
"I have met with the Education Minister and proposed to him that corruption should be made a school subject where students will also have exams for it. This is part of MACC's "Transformation 2.0" agenda.
"Let the young people be conditioned into disliking corruption early in their lives because the level of corruption in the country at the moment is too worrying," said Mohd Shukri.
In giving examples, he said there are instances where students try to "bribe" their schoolmates to win votes so they can be elected as class monitor or school prefects.
"Worst, there are cases of teachers asking for sex from students in exchange for good examination scores.
"If these sort of corrupt acts have already occurred in schools, it will be worse when the students become adults and future leaders. That's why we need to educate our children on corruption as young as possible," said Mohd Shukri.