More focus on STEM subjects and less time for religious studies, says Dr Mahathir

Noor Azam Shairi

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also acting education minister, says more focus will be given to English, science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools instead of religious studies to better prepare pupils for the future. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 21, 2020.

MORE focus will be given to English, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools, and less lesson time for religious studies, said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This, he said, is to equip pupils to be better prepared for the future.

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  • this should have started since day one no? is this too late? you should have got rid of black shoe minister long time ago....hope its not too late to salvage whatever is left.

    Posted 1 month ago by . .

  • Get back the GCE education policies which enable our children to choose what and where they want to study. Do not restrict the young minds with only religion, they are entitle to a space where ideas can flourish.

    Posted 1 month ago by Tanahair Ku

  • National schools can only be attractive to all Malaysians, if STEM subjects are given real importance in terms of number of periods per week and the quality of teachers. The SMK in Taman Tun where all my children studied was once the pride of the residents here. Today it looks like a one race school. The TTDI big mosque is 299 metres away from the school yet there is big surau in the school compound. Tun is embarking on a really big reform. It is not going to be easy.

    Posted 1 month ago by Citizen Pencen

  • Dr M should retire as PM and concentrate on building a national school system that appeals to all races. Include mandarin and Tamil as subjects - I bet you the Malays will take up mandarin as well.

    Posted 1 month ago by Kinetica Cho

  • Wow, now we know why our childrens education standards were below pars as compared to other foreign institutions. Our children should be excellent in religions! They only spent 4 sessions a week in science while 6 sessions for religion. While Maths were also have 6 sessions whilst only Bahasa Malays and English have 8 per week. Former minister should be sacked long ago!

    Posted 1 month ago by Chris Kwan

  • Finally, some sense in reforms that are so long overdue. This is just the first of many vital steps to restore the relevancy of our national schools, which sadly has deteriorated so badly it threatens the very survival of the nation

    Posted 1 month ago by Mike Mok

  • Dont be too happy readers still very early to know the Status of Msia Education System. TDM IS FAMOUS IN MAKING U -TURNS. Say something else Do something Else.

    Posted 1 month ago by Lucky Boy