Don't be hasty in abolishing arts and science streams, say academics

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Oct 2019

KAJANG (Bernama): The government has been advised not to be hasty in abolishing the arts and science streams in Form Four from next year.

National Council of Professors (NCP) president Prof Datuk Dr. Raduan Che Rose said he feared the move would have implications for courses at the university level.

Moreover, it appeared to contradict the Ministry of Education's move to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

"Currently, we (the university) are hard-pressed to get students from the science stream. Science consists of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and additional mathematics."

"If everything is gone and mixed up, how are we to put students into science-based courses?" he asked.

"They should not dilute the core science subjects. We will call on universities and professors to get their feedback," he said in a media session after a round table discussion with 50 scholars at the NCP headquarters, here on Thursday (Oct 17).

Early last week, the media reported that starting from next year Form Four students would no longer be divided or differentiated into arts or science streams but would be allowed to pick subjects depending on their interest.

Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching was reported to have said that the difference between the two streams would no longer exist in line with the implementation of the Standard Based Curriculum for Secondary School (SBCSC). – Bernama

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