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Ever since most Malaysians can remember, the schooling system in the country has decided which subjects students learn based on a streaming system which placed students into classes that taught either science or arts.

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Finally, after so many years, the Education Ministry has finally admitted that the system has restricted the potential of school children and resulted in a lot of wasted talent.

“That’s why starting next year, science and philosophy students can take subjects according to their preference. It can be combined.”

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik via Free Malaysia Today

Speaking to the Malaysian community in Frankfurt, Germany last weekend (Oct 13), Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said that the current basis for how a student enters a particular stream is flawed.

The announcement has received mixed reactions from Malaysians. There are some who are opposing the move, and some who believe it is a step in the right direction.

There are also those who have raised concerns about the implementation of a streamless education system.

“It’s just that, from my experience as a teacher, the secondary school timetable needs more reconsideration. For example, will we still be subjected to the same amount of teaching hours in the year? And how will the number of teachers be determined?”

The news also had Malaysians thinking about what they might have liked to learn in school if they had the option to choose and shared what subjects they believe should be taught in school in this modern age.

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