Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that students sitting SPM must pass History and this new rule will soon take effect on the year 2013. Beginning 2012, History (Sejarah) will be a compulsory subject whereby all the form 4 students must prioritise in studying to be able to prepare themselves for their SPM’s the following year.
Deputy Education Minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi (who has been the guest-of-honour at several Perkasa events) said that the History syllabus will incorporate elements of ‘patriotism’, in addition to ‘citizenship’ and ‘the constitution’.
16- and 17-year-old students (even those in the Science stream) will soon be taught in their classes on how to love the country, be a model Malaysian, and about what is written in Malaysia’s birth certificate.
By incorporating the importance of learning all these in the History subject, students will have a more in-depth understanding Malaysia and by extension, what a Malaysian (First) is.