Students want curriculum that is more practical and applicable

Wednesday September 12, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/12/nation/12008458&sec=nation

 

PETALING JAYA: Students are hopeful that the education blueprint will result in more creativity and less “chalk and talk” in the classroom.

Chiang Pang Fei, 16, wants a curriculum that would be more practical and applicable.

“I would like to learn more practical things that we could apply in real life, not just information that we vomit out’ during exams,” he said.

According to Pang Fei, teachers were not the problem. “Our school teachers are good at teaching but they are just following instructions.”

Bright future: Students (from left) Nur Izzati Akmal, Lee Sang Yi, Elena Goh Ling Yin, Ibrahim Saldam and Kirthana Ramasamy looking at the blueprint during its launch at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Bright future: Students (from left) Nur Izzati Akmal, Lee Sang Yi, Elena Goh Ling Yin, Ibrahim Saldam and Kirthana Ramasamy looking at the blueprint during its launch at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

He cited science experiments as an example of how everything in textbooks is followed to the letter.

“I would prefer it if the objective of the experiment was given and we were asked to design our own, instead of just following instructions,” he added.

Felix Alister Culas, 16, is glad that community service will soon be part of the curriculum.

The blueprint proposes that community service be made a prerequisite for graduation by 2017.

“In school now, there are hardly any clubs besides the Interact Club that promote community service.

“It shouldn’t be classroom or exam-based. Students need to be educated to realise they have a civic duty,” he said.

Form Five student Vincent Hoy is excited about the greater use of ICT in the blueprint.

“It will definitely help but if all the teaching and learning is done via computers, there may be insufficient interaction between teachers and students.”

He added that there was a need for parents to be involved in order for the changes to be successful.