Parents and teachers laud SPM lifeline move

PETALING JAYA: Parents and teachers have lauded the Government’s move to provide a lifeline for students who are not academically inclined.

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said on Friday that his ministry, together with the Human Resources Ministry, would discuss ways to assist those who fared poorly in the SPM examinations.

Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said these students would then be able to continue with their education and careers.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam an­­nounced the ministry had outlined two “pathways” to be implemented by the end of the year.

Malaysian National Congress of School Principals president Azam Md Atan said that the collaboration was a step in the right direction.

“It would be even better if students are exposed to these alternative pathways at an earlier stage.

“We can identify those who are not academically-inclined from the PMR stage itself, so why not allow them to pursue technical courses in school itself?” he asked.

Parent Vilashini Alagesan said the proposed skills training should encompass the creative arts as well.

“Those who excel in artistic fields such as dance and music should be encouraged to develop their abilities in school. Students should be able to opt for vocational training if they want to, instead of being left to struggle with academic learning.”

Sarawak Teachers’ Union secretary-general Thomas Huo suggested more polytechnics be built to cater to academically weak students.

“Perhaps we can rope in the private sector to help train these students as well.”

He said Malaysia needed more qualified trainers who would be able to train students in terms of skills as well as attitude, adding the education system needed to move away from its heavy emphasis on academic learning.

Parent James Liew said the assistance proposed will help build human capital: “It’s about time we recognised that we need more people with vocational and technical skills.

“In line with shaping a more diversified economy, these students will be able to contribute to the country while making a better future for themselves.”

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