According to a report in Bernama on September 5th, 2012. “A new History syllabus is being drawn up for secondary school students in the effort to produce citizens with a high level of patriotism, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said this was being carried out based on the views put forward by the Special Committee Studying the History Syllabus and History Textbooks for Secondary Schools.”
- History, a must-pass subject in SPM 2013 onwards, takes on a new format. Previously it had two papers but now it has third paper which is an open book examination.
- Paper One consists of 40 multiple choice questions to be answered within one hour and accounts for 30% of students’ overall marks.
- Paper Two has 4 structured questions which students will have to answer. They can choose to write 3 out of the 7 essay quesions provided. This paper takes 2.5 hours and accounts for 50%.
- Paper Three is a guided, open-book essay examination which takes three hours to finish. It accounts for 20%.
- A month before the examination, students will be given the general topic of Paper Three so they can prepare. The exact question, however will only be revealed during examination day.
- Students will be allowed to bring relevant printed materials such as textbooks, magazines and reference books into the examination hall.
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