No More Science & Arts Stream Starting from Next Year

Published by on Oct 11, 2019, 05:18 pm

According to Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Minister of Education, secondary school students advancing to Form 4 will no longer be separated into science and arts streams starting from next year in 2020.

Following the repeal of the streams, students can choose subjects that they are interested in. Sound like a great move forward? That’s for you to decide!

Based on her statement to SinChew Daily, Teo Nie Ching says, “The students are able to choose the subjects based on their interest and passion. The schools will then arrange classes based on the subjects chosen by the students.”

With the implementation of this new system, parents, teachers and counsellors are urged to help students choose the right subjects based on their interests and future career choices. The students’ PT3 results will also then play a crucial part in the choice of subjects, as it assesses their capabilities. After all, the subjects chosen should get them the right qualifications for the next stage whether in their diploma or degree programmes, and their career aspirations after that.

With this change, we’re all hoping there will be less of the mindset that Science stream students are ‘better’ or ‘smarter’ than Arts stream students and put the emphasis on the subject choices instead, and blend logic and creativity in Malaysian students from school level onwards.

What do you think about this change? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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