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Know the Bible from Young
“and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Do you know that there is a Bible Knowledge (BK) Paper offered in the SPM Exam? Are you aware that thousands of students have taken part in the BK Postal Quiz and BK Oral Quiz over the past many years? Since there is a Bible Knowledge Camp coming up on 7-10 November, may I take this opportunity to share how we as Christian leaders and parents can support SPM BK…
Bible Knowledge (BK) is a subject endorsed by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia and Lembaga Peperiksaan as an SPM elective subject. It is a paper on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ as found in the Gospel of Luke and the founding of the early Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The questions are in English and students have to answer in English as well.
BK was first introduced in the mission schools throughout the country in the 1940s. It was offered during the Malayan Certificate of Education (MCE) and later, in the Sijil Rendah Pelajaran (SRP) and SPM. However, the number of schools and students taking the subject decreased to about 500 candidates in the 1980s as it was no longer deemed compulsory to teach the subject in schools. In 1993, BK was removed from the Form Three examination. When the number of candidates dropped to 200, the subject was taken out of SPM in 1994 and listed as a Sijil Am Pelajaran (SAP) subject.
BK was reinstated as an SPM subject in 1995 with 20 candidates. Through rigorous promotions by the Christian Teachers’ Association , it peaked in 2009 and 2010 with 1000+ candidates. Now it has an average of 500 – 700 candidates per year.
Why should Christian students take the BK Paper in their SPM Exam? This is because Christian students need to know God’s Word apart from academic subjects. Taking SPM BK is an investment for eternity. Knowing God’s Word will undergird the minds of our young people with a moral compass to guide and lead them in everyday living.
It is high time for churches, Christian leaders and parents to consider how we can increase the candidature for this SPM subject. Students trained in the serious study of SPM BK may contribute to the church future leadership in Malaysia. Taking BK not only sharpens students’ analytical skills, it also helps students master their English and bear a testimony to their unbelieving teachers, school administrators and government officials that our Christian faith means something to us! Acting on Paul’s words to Timothy that “how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”, through the study of God’s Word, our students may come to know our Lord Jesus Christ personally and know how to live out their faith. It is worth considering to enrol our children to take BK, so that our young people may be equipped for every good work.
- Rev Ho Kee Chung