The Ministry of Education goes into further depth on why the syllabus cannot be changed immediately
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According to Datuk Radzi Jidin, the Senior Minister of Education said in an interview with Astro Awani yesterday that the syllabus cannot be modified quickly due to two major concerns.
He began by explaining that a syllabus must finish its cycle, which means that students must go through it from the start of school to the completion of the last grade or level.
He said that Year One students in 2017 were the first cohort to utilise the updated curriculum, but other Year students continued to use the old syllabus since they must complete their journey all the way to Year Six.
I want to make it clear that the development of this syllabus takes time, the journey has rounds and the syllabus we see today was started in 2017.Datuk Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister of Education
He then added that since then, it has only been used once. Those who were Standard One in 2017 are now Standard Six, and students who were Standard One in 2018 are now Standard Five.
As a result, the second point is that any syllabus cannot be modified in the middle of the road since it would disrupt the entire system.
In other words, the new syllabus cannot be introduced until the whole cohort using the old syllabus has finished its journey to Standard Six.
So we require in-depth study, we know from parent input that today’s curriculum is perceived as more challenging than in the past, and we take that into consideration.Datuk Radzi Jidin, Senior Minister of Education
He then stated that because, in this context, one cohort (Year One 2017) has finished its cycle and this is the best space for us to review the syllabus.
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