KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching (pix) has quashed rumours that there are plans to alter the History subject in primary and secondary schools.
She was responding to allegations that have gone viral on social media which claim that together with the input of some Chinese NGOs the subject was going to be changed.
“These reports are not true and not validated. I will not hesitate to take any legal actions against portals or sites that are defaming me and the Education Ministry,” she said in a statement today.
She added that the allegations were made by irresponsible quarters who were attempting to play up racial sentiments.
Teo said for the record, the rechecking of primary school history lessons had started in 2017, before her appointment as the deputy education minister.
“The committee was formed in 2017 before I was appointed to the post. The improved syllabus for Standard 4 was done in 2017. So, it is impossible for me to interfere and what more to appoint a so-called ‘DAP Team’ or any other Chinese NGOs,” she said.
Any meetings between the committee and NGOs concerned making suggestions to the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
“I was not part of the meetings,” she said.
Teo added that while she supports the freedom of speech as routinely stated by the new government, she called for the public to not circulate statements or reports that have not been validated and are defamatory in nature.