STPM Straight A didn't get first choice of Medic course...

Some important excerpts from the following article:
- In 2007 STPM exam, there were a total of 25 students who scored 5 A's
- Among the 25, six of them scored all A's in the 13 sub-papers
- Among these six, three of them failed to get their first choice to study medicine in University Malaya.

The big issue here is - based on the meritocracy system, aren't the top students supposed to be given the priority in university admission process? Shouldn't they fill up the places first then followed by other students with the academic results in a descending order with the weakest at the bottom? So, how come there are National Level Top Students who can't get the first choice? Can somebody answer this?

Another issue to address here is the students themselves. Medicine is a healthcare profession where the personnel must be caring towards the patients and the patients always come first. To be in such a career, passion and interest is of utmost importance. The students were not denied of their ambition and have been offered places at other universities (UKM and UMS) to pursue their medical degrees.

In my personal opinion, if you have the passion and interest, the dedication to be a responsible and caring doctor, you have been given the chance to pursue it now. The place to study should not be an issue anymore. Yes, UM is the premier university in Malaysia, but that shouldn't be the main motivation and drive for one to pursue a career in medicine, right? It should be your own passion and interest that motivates you. I hope that the students can be grateful of the chances given to them, and pursue their medical degree at the universities and be dedicated doctors when they graduate.

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荣登全国最佳学生榜‧3优秀生进不了马大医学系
Source: www.sinchew.com.my

(雪兰莪‧八打灵再也)3名荣登全国最佳成绩学生榜的大马高级学校文凭考生却无法获得首选国立大学的医学系。

这3名STPM最佳考生申诉,虽然他们考获5科A的佳绩及获得大马考试局颁发全国卓越学生奖状,但却无法进入梦寐以求的大学深造,这令他们备感失望。

据瞭解,今年全国共有25名学生考获5科A;不过,当中只有6人在这5科13张的试卷中考获全A的佳绩,而週三(18日)向星洲日报申诉得不到首选大学的3名STPM考生正是其中3人。

3人的首选大学皆是马大医学系,可是他们一概不被录取,反之却被派去其它的大学的医学系,令他们倍感无奈及不解。

江韵儿:被分配第五选择

来自八打灵再也公教中学江韵儿(20岁)亲临星洲日报申诉说,儘管她考取好成绩,但她却被获录取第五个选择,即沙巴大学医学系,这令她深表惊讶及不公平。

“我付出了很大的努力考取佳绩,可是换来的结果却让我失望,我觉得很奇怪,全国只有6人在5科13张的试卷中考全A,为何我们无法获得首选大学的医学系?我们理应有优先权进入马大的医学系。”

符展宇:盼政府正视

也是来自八打灵再也公教中学的符展宇则说:“我们是国家最好的,却无法进入国內最好的大学深造,这太不公道了;我们都进不了,那么还有谁有资格进?”

他说,虽然他获得第二选择,即国大医学系,但他对自己无法获得首选大学的事宜备感不幸。

他希望,政府正视他们所面临的困境,并让他们进入马大医学系。

陈佩珊:以为可顺利进马大

另一名来自咖啡山圣约翰国中的陈佩珊接受星洲日报电访时说,当她知道本身获录取第二选择,即国大医学系的消息时,她有点失望。

“原以为可顺利进入马大医学系,但却一场空。”

她认为,由於全国只有6名卓越学生,因此就算6人申请进入马大医学系,应该不成问题。

星洲日报‧2008.06.18

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