Science stream entry standards to remain

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum requirement to enrol into the science stream in schools stays, despite the alarmingly low number of students.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the government would not lower standards just to increase numbers.
“We cannot allow students who are interested to enter the stream but failed to meet the requirements.
“These students should stick to the arts stream as they might not be able to cope later,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Worry over the low take-up prompted a proposal on Tuesday that parents whose children opted for the stream be given tax breaks. This followed a finding that only 20 per cent of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia candidates this year were from the science stream, well below the national target of 60 per cent.
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said while there should be no compromise on students eligibility to enter the stream, once they did, the students should be given support as there were many who had to struggle.
“Students are afraid of failing and hence choose not to enter the science stream,” Hashim said, adding that teachers should also be given incentives to coach their science stream students in schools instead of giving private tuition.
“Science stream subjects must also be taught in a more interesting way so that students would have better comprehension.”
Meanwhile, Education director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud said a task force, comprising academicians and the relevant authorities, would be set up by the end of the month to work out the incentive structure
Academicians, meanwhile, have asked that the ministry draw up incentives, such as free tuition and coaching, for students who opted for the science stream.

Read more: Science stream entry standards to remain – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/science-stream-entry-standards-to-remain-1.168296#ixzz2Bav7FTXH

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