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The 61st UMNO General Assembly has ended and one of tht bold resolutions made was that history should be made a compulsoy subject in schools. As we usually understand it a compulsory subject means that all students must take it and get a pass, otherwise you fail the whole examination.
One can imagine the reaction of our kids to this momentous decision for as far as i know many of them hate history - the srudy of things which happened in the past. It's considered as one of the most boring subjects in school. If this is not so amymore, well everything is ok. I suppose Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim is very happy about this. Those people who don't know history might tend to repeat the mistakes of the past again. The citizens of this nation should know the history of the nation, how Independence was gained, how the people of Malaysia (then known as Malaya) from various racial origins worked together to convince the British that we can govern ourselves, how we fought the Communists, overcome the bloody racial clash of May1963 etc. It is believed that only a good understanding and knowledge of these crucial periods in our history will make people appreciate what our past leaders have done for them and how fortunate they are to be a citizen of this country.
Well, the argument is convincing and plausible enough. But history covers a very wide area of interests. Everything that happened in the past csn also be given several interpretations. Our understanding of history depends on how the textbooks are written, who writes them and how the subject is handled in class. If the teaching of history falls into the wrong hands one can imagine the damage and injustice that can be done to the thinking and emotions of our students. As it is do we have sufficient textbooks on the history of the nation to cover all those aspects of political development that the Prime Mnister covered in his Keynote addreess a the UMNO Geneeral Assebly and do we have enough teachers who can handle the subdject effectively? As I understand it there's yet many aspects of Malaysia's past and contemporary history which have not been written. Who is going to teach them? teachers who are UMNO leaders?
Talk about giving our kids a good comprehensive education that will enable them to function as a skilled and informed citizen on entering the work force, there are many other subjects that had been identified as crucial to their wellbeing. Computer knowledge has been emphasized in other meetings before while the study of Science and Mathematics is considered as a basic need for a good education. Then comes the need to improve the command of Bahasa and also English. I believe that a pass in all these subjects is still necessary to pass the UPSR and SPM examinations. With history coming into the picture, I really pity the students of today.So many subjects have become compulsory that they have no choice of their own.