Science and technology plays a critical role in realising Malaysia’s

aspiration to become a developed nation. Since mathematics is

instrumental in the development of scientific and technological

knowledge, the provision of quality mathematics education from an early

age in the education process is thus important. The Malaysian school

curriculum offers three mathematics education programs, namely

Mathematics for primary schools, Mathematics and Additional

Mathematics for secondary schools.

The Malaysian school mathematics curriculum aims to develop

mathematical knowledge, competency and inculcate positive attitudes

towards mathematics among pupils. While the Mathematics curriculum

prepares pupils to cope with daily life challenges, the Additional

Mathematics curriculum provides an exposure to the level of mathematics

appropriate for science and technology related careers. As with other

subjects in the secondary school curriculum, Additional Mathematics aims

to inculcate noble values and love for the nation in the development of a

holistic person, who in turn will be able to contribute to the harmony and

prosperity of the nation and its people.

Additional Mathematics is an elective subject offered to the upper

secondary school pupils. Beginning 2003, English is used as the medium

of instruction for Science and Mathematics subjects. The policy to change

the medium of instruction for the two subjects follows a phased

implementation schedule and is expected to be completed by 2008. The

teaching and learning of Additional Mathematics in English started in

2006.

The use of technology in the teaching and learning of Additional

Mathematics is greatly emphasised. Additional Mathematics taught in

English, coupled with the use of ICT, provide greater opportunities for

pupils to improve their knowledge and skills in mathematics because of

the richness of resources and repositories of knowledge in English. Our

pupils will be able to interact with pupils from other countries, improve

their proficiency in English; and thus make the learning of mathematics

more interesting and exciting.

The development of this Additional Mathematics syllabus is the work of

many individuals and experts in the field. On behalf of the Curriculum

Development Centre, I would like to express much gratitude and

appreciation to those who have contributed in one way or another towards

this initiative.

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