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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Sixth Former Blues

::Next Monday, 17th May, the lower 6 Classes will start. According to the Star yesterday, Over 6,000 Sixth Formers may be left out in the cold, and that just in Johore. The reason for this state of affairs is apparently because there are insufficient classrooms!.
The other grouse is that many who met the minimum requirements to enter Form Six this year have not been given pplacees because of this classroom shortage. To make matter worse, some of these students who have been left out have discovered that their friends with lower aggregates in the SPM examinations have been selcted. It looks like our MOE has screwed up again.
The minimum requirements for entry into the Sixth Form the cut off point is 18 for Science and 8 for Humanities, the best three subjects in the SPM being considered. Apart from this, manu parents i have spoken to too, said that there is also an age requirement. The student should be at least 17 years this year. This hass resulted in those who were super-promoted after doing well in the former PTS examination [taken during standard 3, the cream being allowed to skip standard 4 and going on straight to standard 5]. These PTS students are now told that because of their young age they are not eligible to enter lower 6! What is the message being sent out, "you are not eligible being too young and too smart!". Those at the MOE who formulated this age requirement, need their heads examined!
As far as the shortage of classrooms and that all eligible will be given a chance to continue their studies are concerned the newly apppointed MINIster of Education has come to the rescue. What he had to say sounded very reassuring ::
“If there are not enough classrooms to accommodate these students, then we will build more classrooms in the next few weeks,” he told reporters after launching the Teacher’s Day SMS “Sanjungi Guru Kita” (Honour Our Teacher) programme here, yesterday.
Education Minister Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said no one would be denied entry as long as they met the minimum entry requirement.

i hope that when he said all that, that he was aware that the classes are to start on 17th May which is just days away.
Education director-general Datuk Abdul Rafie Mahat has also come out to say his piece. He said the lack of classrooms was not a nationwide problem and the ministry had planned ahead to cater for the increase in intake. He assured those students who met all the requirements but whose names were left out of the list given to schools could appeal directly to the respective state education departments.


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