‘We’ll revise curriculum and change timetable’

KUALA LUMPUR:  Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) is far from happy with the current school curriculum.

The nation’s No. 1 politician said school curriculum should emphasise mastering subjects that could produce quality graduates, which unfortunately is not the case with the national school now.

Without mentioning names, Dr Mahathir said “someone changed the national school” and as a result, the curriculum has been focusing “solely on religious subjects”.

A Bernama report said “the curriculum in school should emphasise mastering subjects that could produce quality graduates and not to focus solely on religious subjects”.

“The government is going to revise the school curriculum. Someone changed the national school. National schools have become religious schools with the learning of the religion of Islam and not learning anything else. As a result, people are not conversant in subjects that are going to give them jobs,” he said.

Dr Mahathir, who was accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, was speaking at the Sultan Abdul Hamid Old College Association  (Sahoca) 2018 dinner here yesterday.

He futher said: “We are going to change the timetable in schools. We will study religion but not in all the periods every day. Maybe once in a week but we need to master all other subjects.”

Earlier, Dr Mahathir reminded Malaysians on the importance of mastering English to acquire knowledge.

“I would like to remind everybody, English is not only for the people of England. It is a universal language…a language of knowledge.

“To acquire knowledge, you must know English. To learn science and medicine, we need to have a good grasp of English,” he added.