I would like to respond to Monday’s news regarding the integration of general and religious subjects for students.
As a mother of two children, my concern is the impact it may have on the quality of general education. If these new subjects are being incorporated into the curriculum, does it mean general classes have to be shortened to make room for them?
While I understand the importance of religious studies, we do live in a world that is increasingly connected and competitive. What gives a country an edge over another is the skills of its workforce, which can only be achieved through education.
More countries are introducing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to students at a young age due to the ever-evolving technological landscape. We need to follow suit, especially as the fifth industrial revolution gathers force.
It may well be me overthinking it but I hope the authority could shed more light to reassure the parents that general education will not be impacted by the new system.