Compulsory pass for History not meant to burden students, says Idris Jusoh.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s move in making History a compulsory subject to pass in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination from this year onwards is not to burden students, but to increase their knowledge on the country’s history.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said it was an effort toward teaching students to become good citizens.

“It is not our intention to fail them; we certainly intend to pass them but at least let them know the basic history of our country.

“We see that when it (History) is not made a compulsory-pass, many treat the subject as unimportant and they don’t even want to know our history, what happened in the past and will not appreciate what we have now,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the first session of SPM examinations, which begins today until Dec 6, at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Puteri Wilayah here.

In 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that History would be a compulsory subject to pass for SPM starting 2013.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the move was the same as making Bahasa Malaysia a prerequisite to obtain the SPM certificate.

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