For those who aren’t good with figures, mathematics can prove to be a rather challenging subject as it involves formulas and lots of counting.
However, there are also times where the math question is an obstacle in itself, where students are made to calculate figures that are way beyond their current level of understanding, such as this one from a Standard 5 exercise book.
Std 5 students made to calculate car loan
In a now-viral Facebook post shared by celebrity teacher Mohd Fadli Salleh yesterday (Aug 21), he voiced concern over how the current syllabus for primary school students had gone out of control.
To prove his point, he showed a photo of a math question from a Standard 5 exercise book, where it asked students to calculate how much a person needs to pay in monthly installment for a car which was purchased for RM155,000 with an interest rate of 3% over the course of five years.
Even for us who are 50 years old, we are unable to calculate how much is the car loan. Yet, these students are required to compute it manually.
“Whoever thinks that this our syllabus is suitable should come teach a class of 40 students and try to get them to understand this question,” he wrote.
Mohd Fadli also urged the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Teacher Professionalism Division (BPG) to provide clarification as the issue of students being forced to answer similar questions has gone viral for years.
In the comment section, most netizens were in agreement with Mohd Fadli’s opinion that the math question was simply too difficult for Standard 5 students to calculate, let alone comprehend.
‘How are we supposed to teach our children when we ourselves aren’t good in it too?’
‘We normally ask the agent to calculate the car loan for us whenever we buy a car.’
‘I think this topic is more suitable for Form 4 students instead.’
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Do you think the math question is too hard for Standard 5 students to answer? Let us know in the comments!