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Report: Parents Group Wants Moral Studies Abolished As Students Only Memorise Definitions

The group explained that "being moral" should be more than just memorising definitions.

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Free Malaysia Today (FMT) reported that a parents group is calling for the government to remove Moral Studies from the school syllabus as children are merely memorising definitions to pass exams

According to the report published yesterday, 28 March, Melaka Action Group for Parents explained that "being moral" should be more than just memorising definitions in school.

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Instead of having Moral Studies, it was suggested that the government replace the subject with a class on human rights issues, environmental protection, caring for the needy, and ways to avoid corruption

The topic was brought up after lawyer Lim Wei Jiet took to Twitter on 26 March, questioning why Pakatan Harapan had not taken any steps to remove Moral Studies from the education system.

However, it was reasoned that the subject cannot be removed because it is a part of the Malaysian law

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra said that Moral Studies was listed as the core subject of primary and secondary schools in the Education Act 1996, FMT reported.

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In the current syllabus, non-Muslim students are often required to memorise keywords and definitions.

However, Lim told FMT that the government should review the act or "at the very least, completely reform the Moral Studies syllabus".

Read the full report by FMT here.

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