PUTRAJAYA, Jan 10 2012 (Bernama) -- The government is considering having a special programme for National Service (NS) trainees found to be lacking in the 3R's of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Tuesday.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the government would learn more about the background of the students and their school streams to find the best solution for the problem.
"We want to find out which school they come from, urban or rural, national or national type. Then, we will be able to sort out the matter. If necessary, we can run a special programme," he told reporters after delivering a special message to staff of the Education Ministry at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here.
Muhyiddin was asked to comment on a report by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that it was found that eight per cent of the 6,667 NS trainees at 30 training centres cannot read and write.
The findings were based on a pilot project using a module called I-Smart conducted on the third batch of NS trainees in August last year.
Muhyiddin said the government, having taken into account weaknesses in the teaching-learning process, had introduced a National Key Results Area (NKRA) on literacy and numeracy to evaluate the level of understanding and capability of pupils from as early as Year One, including in the areas of physical condition, hearing and vision.
"I will obtain details (on the NS trainees) from the Defence Ministry. I hope that with the literacy and numeracy programme we have introduced, such a problem will not recur," he said.