I REFER to “Chance to share views” (The Star, Dec 5) has the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin meeting with Christian mission schools adminstrators over the role the mission schools in the National Education Bleuprint.
This augurs well to achieve what the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has said in the same issue of The Star under the headline: “Najib: Engage youth for a better tomorrow”.
Allow me to use the idiom, “Put-ting the cart before the horse” taught by one Irish brother in my former alma mater, St Xavier’s Institution.
Our schools teach Pendidikan Moral (Moral Studies) without dealing with the spiritual or religious basis for the morals learnt and taught.
If Pendidikan Moral has been successful in the aims set out by the Education Ministry then why are there so many cases of drug addiction, extortion, secret societies and in the latest case of the death of 14-year-old K. Saravanan from bullying.
The curriculum planners had introduced Pendidikan Moral to instil good moral values with the aim of producing good citizenship.
The curriculum has even made Pendidikan Moral empirical by upgra-ding it to be an examination subject.
The emphasis on scores to determine the fulfilment of the teaching and learning of Pendidikan Moral can be misleading. As an examination subject Pendidikan Moral gives the impression that good scores can be associated with good morality.
Social scientists will tend to disagree with that relationship as good morality is founded at a higher level of fidelity and perserverance based on the spiritual dimension.
It is this issue that the meeting of our Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Education Minister in his meeting with the mission school officials can fill this lacuna so that our National Education Blueprint will be wholesome for the spiritual and material development for the well-being of our youths of tomorrow.
BENILDUS TAN Kuala Lumpur The STAR Online Home News Opinion Thursday November 6, 2012