MUCH has been said about the national service modules on Citizenship, Character Building and Community Service.
I believe that for anything which is new, there will be minor glitches in the curriculum and implementation.
But, by and large, I am confident the objectives of inculcating good moral values and patriotism have been achieved.
On that basis, I urge the authorities in charge of the national service programme to consider collaborating with the Education Ministry to exempt the trainees from the National Accreditation Board subjects of Moral Studies and Malaysian Studies when they enter institutions of higher learning.
They have undergone an intensive, hands-on, three-month course that is probably far more comprehensive than what is taught at colleges.
Besides, some of them would have signed up for a delayed intake in colleges offering a shortened course of study, owing to the national service.
For instance, many colleges now offer a March intake for matriculation and pre-university programmes that normally begin in January.
The trainees must complete a year's course in nine months.
An exemption from the board subjects would give them more time to catch up with the lessons they had missed.
I hope the authorities concerned will seriously consider this proposal.