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Sunday, November 7, 2010

SEJARAH - Mandatory Pass to all Citizen..


The Malaysian government recently announced that all SPM candidates must pass the Sejarah (History) paper beginning next year. Good move? I think so..., considering the present situation where Malaysians tend to forget, or better still, don't know the history of the country.. Yes!! it's true.. And, students in secondary schools just don't want to study History. They hate the subject..  Why??
1.  Parents... Yes, their parents hate History. Or better still, they don't know History.
2.  Teachers... Yes, some teachers do not promote the subject. They seem to do so in schools...
3.  Students...  Yes, the students themselves say that History is a boring subject. Maybe so...
4.  The Public... Yes, the Malaysian public, the people around, do not know History.. They just don't care..
5.  The Leaders... Yes, the leaders themselves did not take History during the SPM (MCE) exam...
6.  Everyone ... Yes, everyone is History blind !!!

Why target the SPM students?
All Civil Servants MUST take the History paper and must PASS the paper beginning next year.. That should be it !! If you fail the paper, you're FIRED !!!!
All Members of Parliament (MPs) MUST take the History paper and MUST pass the paper in order to enter Parliament... How can you, Law Makers, make laws when you yourselves don't know History? Did you take the subject in your SPM (MCE) in the first place? Without mentioning names..., I think, there are..

Please pass this message around...
Have a nice day....

5 comments:

Umbrella Rec said...

I think I know the reason why students hate History in schools. They have to memorise the dates of various events. I remember hating that when I was in school. So, no History for me in SPM too.

However, I don't hate the subject. I like the "story" behind the subject. In my opinion it's more important for us to remember the events and learn from our ancestors rather than memorising the exact dates. This is not a subject called "Train Your Memory". It would be good if student's personal feedback can be incorporate in the exam - this is to ensure the student understand the subject well instead of memorising everything from the book.

Anonymous said...

True, the history subject is so dry, so dull in school. After i graduated, i study on history more than ever, not only Malaysia's history, but human history in general. History should be learn as a open debate subject, that is, not telling student fact 1, fact 2 fact 3.. but discuss it openly, no hanky panky, no behind the bush. Always remember, history was written by victor. i never believe history as a one axis plane, it is more like a 3 dimensional study like a sculpt. One sculpture can look good one one side, but different people get different appreciation of it from other angle. One need to learn a lot of history to understand what lead to todays world scenario, or what my lecturer said "percaturan dunia". History should be an open book test, to test the student mind, not to test their "harddrive" capasity and memory size. Today, we can learn just about any country history, any individual history, at the effort of our finger tips.

DESS said...

Agree with both comments above..

Umbrella Rec said...

I agree with DESS 100% that members of the parliament need to sit for History test. They need to learn how the country was formed and how hard our ancestors struggle to achieve what we have today. If they have learned the subject well, none of them would say Chinese should go back to China, Malay should go back to Yunnan/Acheh, Indians should go back to India, etc. I bet our ancestors would shed their tears in their graves upon hearing these hurtful words. I don't know how true that Hang Tuah is claimed to be Chinese and he has been removed from the History text book. Maybe DESS can help confirming it. Regardless of his race, he is part of our History and there's no denying about that. We also cannot deny that Cheng Ho was a Muslim. There is also no denying that the war with Communism hurt and kill a lot of common people caught in between their war. Yes, the Communists are to be blamed but sometimes even the British is equally needed to share the blame. I had a good History teacher named Cikgu Zainol from Kangar. He should be retired now. I remember very well that he told us facts that were not covered in our History books or exams. One of them was the Japanese taught the British a good lesson not to be arrogant in Second World War but in the process a lot of people suffered or killed.

Fauziah Hamid said...

Setuju dgn. pendapat cgu Dess...Sejarah memang ptg. x dinafikan...tapi sstu.dasar perlu dikaji dgn. terperinci buruk baiknya...klu. x pelajar yg jdi. mangsa...penguasaan subjek sej. di pkt. SPM agak terlambat...mulakan di sekolah rendah dulu...murid celik sejarah...itulah yg. negara Jepun buat utk didik rakyatnya semasa zmn. Permodenan MEIJI....sbb. tu zmn. perang Dunia 2...tentera Jepun ada semangat KAMIKAZE...patrotisme utk bangsa & negara mrk.....

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