KOTA BARU, 10 June 2009: Making English a compulsory subject to pass in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will add to the existing burden on students in rural areas, said Kelantan Education, Islamic Development and Dakwah chairperson Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.
He said the Education Ministry should solve the hotly debated policy of teaching of Science and Mathematics in English first instead of getting embroiled in another issue.
“If the ministry can make English a compulsory subject in SPM, why not do likewise to the Islamic studies?
“Students are required to sit for the Islamic paper but it is not a compulsory subject to pass, but now passing English will be made compulsory. This is a double standard,” he told Bernama after opening the Kelantan al-Quran Recitation Competition here last night.
Meanwhile, he said classes would be conducted for Kelantan al-Quran reciters to arrest the declining quality of their recitation.
Kelantan used to dominate the national al-Quran recitation competition in the 1990s and 1980s through Mohd Som Pergau and Faridah Mat Saman.— Bernama