KUALA LUMPUR: Form Four students will not be allowed to choose elective subjects solely at their whims and fancies.
Education Ministry deputy director-general (policy and curriculum) Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim (pic) said instead they will be given subject packages which cater to their interests and capabilities.
"It is not totally open and flexible," she said during a briefing on the new subject package options for Form Four students.
This new system will come into effect in 2020, affecting this year's Form Three students.
She said the new packages will allow students to pick up to five elective subjects and mix between the subjects.
Habibah added that there are two main packages - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and literature and humanities.
She also said the subject packages offered to students will depend on the capabilities, availability, suitability (facilities/infrastructure), as well as consideration of each school.
There had been a lot of confusion among the public when Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik announced that Form Four students will no longer be streamed into Science and Arts last month.
Stakeholders were questioning how this would be implemented with many worrying about how it will affect students' chances of pursuing their tertiary studies.
Entry requirements to higher education institutions are based on certain subject combinations.
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